Title

An Autoethnography of Two Scholars Who Developed a Framework on Prudent Leadership Using a Quote from President Theodore Roosevelt

Location

DeSantis Room 1049

Format Type

Plenary

Format Type

Paper

Start Date

15-1-2020 4:00 PM

End Date

15-1-2020 4:20 PM

Abstract

This study is a reflection on two scholars whose collaborative efforts to explore the prudent leadership decision making process borne from President Theodore Roosevelt’s (TR) famous 100-year-old saying, Do what you can with what you have and where you are at,” in the fall of 2018 led to the development of a framework and atomic model, an analogy of thought process. This precipitated a book and a qualitative study that examined egregious self-leadership and popular corporate mass media examples of it predicated on three primary factors, 1). Values (motivations), 2). Resources (what you have), and 3)/ Beliefs (perceived risks). We reflect deeply on the value of this scholarship as it was shaped and delivered in a variety of regional and international settings. We share our personal demographics and differences in ethnocentric rearing that provided much debate and compromise that led to better scholarship and entrepreneurial usefulness. Our work with one another yielded three key questions: What enables a leader to behave prudently? Can a leader be prudent without having resources and talents (skills and abilities)? Can a leader be prudent if he/she perceives a deficiency in their current state of being? We review our experiences from initial recorded meetings both visual and summative during the past two years under the collaborative autoethnographic lens and in particular what we learned from one another. We briefly address other such insightful studies for developing collaborative autoethnographies including sample size, involvement and how our worked shaped our scholarly identity in the leadership space.

Keywords

Collaborative Autoethnography, scholarship, leadership, decision making processes, development

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An Autoethnography of Two Scholars Who Developed a Framework on Prudent Leadership Using a Quote from President Theodore Roosevelt

DeSantis Room 1049

This study is a reflection on two scholars whose collaborative efforts to explore the prudent leadership decision making process borne from President Theodore Roosevelt’s (TR) famous 100-year-old saying, Do what you can with what you have and where you are at,” in the fall of 2018 led to the development of a framework and atomic model, an analogy of thought process. This precipitated a book and a qualitative study that examined egregious self-leadership and popular corporate mass media examples of it predicated on three primary factors, 1). Values (motivations), 2). Resources (what you have), and 3)/ Beliefs (perceived risks). We reflect deeply on the value of this scholarship as it was shaped and delivered in a variety of regional and international settings. We share our personal demographics and differences in ethnocentric rearing that provided much debate and compromise that led to better scholarship and entrepreneurial usefulness. Our work with one another yielded three key questions: What enables a leader to behave prudently? Can a leader be prudent without having resources and talents (skills and abilities)? Can a leader be prudent if he/she perceives a deficiency in their current state of being? We review our experiences from initial recorded meetings both visual and summative during the past two years under the collaborative autoethnographic lens and in particular what we learned from one another. We briefly address other such insightful studies for developing collaborative autoethnographies including sample size, involvement and how our worked shaped our scholarly identity in the leadership space.