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The Learning Conference 2003

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Transformational Leadership in a Time of Change: John Dewey, Jane Addams, Paulo Friere, and bell hooks

Kathy Brock Enger.

In times of change, institutions of education need new leadership models, inclusive models, that build community and create consensus, allowing for the development and encouragement of individual voices, that in the past, have been ignored or unheard. In order to build new leadership models, and encourage leadership participation and development by all members of a community, the silent, or repressed expression of members needs to be brought forward. Through the process of speaking and listening, all individuals within an organization have an opportunity for leadership participation, and it becomes possible to respond to change. In the process of hearing and speaking, people determine what is uniquely their own, which provides a basis for all leadership development.


Kathy Brock Enger  (United States)
Social Science Librarian
North Dakota State University

Ms. Enger is completing her doctorate in educational leadership, with a concentration in higher education. In her work in academic libraries in the United States, she has experienced a lack of encouragement to excel, to lead, and to create opportunity for women. Within professions with high concentrations of women, new leadership models need to emerge, to create opportunity for women and encourage leadership development. The focus of Ms. Enger's research is to determine various aspects of the growth and development of disciplines and seek to learn how women can become more effective leaders in their respective academic areas. Ms. Enger has two children, ages 11 and 13.
Her degrees include a B.A. College of St. Catherine, an M.A. from the University of Iowa, and nearly a doctorate (A.B.D.) from the University of North Dakota

  • Leadership
  • Paradigm shift
  • Change
  • Education
  • Minorities
  • Women
  • Community

(30 min Conference Paper, English)