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Ken Otter, Ph.D.

Ken Otter, Ph.D.
Ken is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Co-director of the Leadership Center at Saint Mary's College. Areas of scholarship include: global leadership development, leadership coaching education, multi-stakeholder collaboration, collective creativity, and the application of lifespan and wisdom development in organizational life.

A Leadership Learning Journey to Bali

A Group of people walking up a trail in Bali

In January 2016 a small group of us from Saint Mary’s College ventured to Bali, Indonesia with the expressed intention to  immerse ourselves in Balinese life to see what we can learn about leadership. One year later the lessons learned from this journey went beyond our practice of leadership to …

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Four Lessons On Learning Leadership

Sighting Mauna Kea.

In 2001, the MA in Leadership program was just getting started when 9/11 happened.This event all but guaranteed that this new century would bring forth unprecedented challenge and change. While this profound disruption to our world order was generated from the outside, 15 years later there would be another major …

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Ensemble Leadership – Part II

In the previous post, we explore the colorful metaphors of Jazz and Gumbo to capture the spirit and power of the ensemble to bring out more creativity and adaptability in organizations.  In this post we take a look at the necessary shifts in leadership and its development that reflect and …

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Ensemble Leadership – Part I

The Power of the Ensemble Imagine for a moment a jazz quartet performing soul stirring music, evoking an experience of surprise, wonder, and inspiration and riding the feeling accompanying the unfolding melody and rhythm.  When immersed in the music, we are not likely to focus on the individual musicians, their …

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Global Leadership: What Is It & How Do We Practice It?

When I mentioned to my new doctor, who is originally from India, that I teach global leadership, she replied, “well that would be a good idea.”  The way she said it suggested that she thought there was a real need for it in the world.  I agree.  Not only are …

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