For more than a decade, scholars of leadership and finance have developed and delivered the course – Being a Leader & the Effective Exercise of Leadership: An Ontological/Phenomenological Model.  Developers of the course point out that leadership is a mountain without a summit, as such, the course is continually in development.  The course employs an ontological model and a phenomenological method, and makes a unique promise to those who participate: “You will leave this course being a leader and exercising leadership effectively as your natural self-expression.”

Traditional Methods of Teaching

The method employed in this Leadership Course contrasts with the traditional methods of teaching leadership in which students are provided with the opportunity to learn the characteristics, styles, and practices of noteworthy leaders as these have been observed, described, interpreted, and explained “from the stands”.

In the traditional method, students are presented with knowledge about leader and leadership and are expected to remember and figure out how to apply such knowledge in each leadership situation. (Note: In this course, we often characterize the contrast between these two methods simply as “leader and leadership on the court” versus “leader and leadership from the stands”.)

The Unique Method Employed in This Course

The method utilized in the Leadership Course provides participants with the opportunity to master:
1) Being a leader, and
2) The effective exercise of leadership,
3) As these are actually lived and personally experienced “on the court”.

Where This Course Has Been Offered

Between 2004-08, the course was offered at the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business, USA, United States Air Force Academy, USA (2008 – 11, 2014 – 15), Erasmus Academie, Rotterdam, NL (2009), Texas A&M,  Mays School of Business, USA (2010), IC Centre for Governance & MW Corp, India (2010), Dartmouth College School of Medicine, USA (2012), University of British Columbia, entrepreneurship@UBC Canada, (2013), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2014), Zayed University Conference Center, Dubai, UAE (2015), Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA (2016), Six international locations (2012-2017) for the benefit of the Erhard-Jensen Ontological/Phenomenological Initiative.

In Africa, the course has been offered in Kenya at three different universities: Multiu-Media University, MMU (2016) Kenyatta University (2017) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technologies, JKUAT (2018).  Some 180 Africans from different African countries have graduated from the BAL course.  By March 2018, 51 course instructors from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia had been trained to begin deploying the course through various African universities.