While the concept of leadership is difficult to define, Robert N. Lussier and Christopher F. Achua, authors of the book Leadership: Theory, Application and Skill Development, present an excellent definition of leadership as “the influencing process between leaders and followers to achieve organizational objectives through change.” But how do we apply such definition to our everyday experiences?
I never thought I’d be a scientist. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a chef. My mom was always cooking and baking, and she taught me a lot about preparing healthy and delicious foods, mostly from scratch. I grew up helping her in the kitchen and gradually became more independent in my cooking. I got to the point where I would cook breakfast for the whole family every morning throughout high school, and I took a lot of pride in that.
What do classic cars have to do with higher education? Well, after reading this blog article, I hope that you will come to the conclusion they have everything to do with higher education. We all have hobbies. Some people like to ski, go boating, or hike trails. Others hunt, fish, or do crafts.
For a little while, the world of my everyday was the place where the religious go to confront their genesis. I walked ancient lands of ageless beliefs where the patriarchs and pariahs, the messengers and messiahs, the baptized and the baptizers, once lived and loved and died. I met the modern-day Philistines — the people of Goliath — and the descendants of the Assyrians and Nubians. I stood in the Red Sea and the Dead Sea.
As I consider the implications of retiring from a university that I have served for over 17 years, I have explored various locales that could serve as a future base of operations. One such city is Austin, Texas.