The Challenge of Teaching Leadership

Not writing about Leadership is impossible because Leadership is ubiquitous. The importance of leadership is obvious. Besides Military Academies, leadership classes are taught in every university throughout the U.S. 

Yet, here is the problem. What is being taught in most classes is leader methodology. This approach has more to do with appearances than “being oneself.” To be clear, what needs to be taught is a study of human behavior and becoming one’s true self to the fullest degree. Admittedly, this is one of education’s most significant challenges, one that needs to reach out to the soul of the student.

The reason this is so difficult for many people is that their background and history are so ingrained that it becomes nearly impossible to let go of their belief systems. Our past is too often part of our present and possibly our future if we are unwilling to challenge what was and the ghosts of our past.

This is never easy. Yet, if we are to become able to become more of our true selves, we must fight the lethargy and fears that keep us from getting there.

The cards we are dealt are not the cards we need to play. We can throw them back on the table and wait for a better hand. Life is a gamble in any case, so why not play each hand as best you can?

I have no choices—When still child, adult to be—But I will one day


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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