Janet L. Byars, Ph.D. is a 2009 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dissertation Committee

  • Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Mitch Kusy, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Jonathan Reams, Ph.D., External Reader


leadership, intention, integrity, coherence, holding environment, theoretical model of practice, organizational psychology

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Holographic Leadership integrates values-based leadership into an understanding of an energetic holographic world. It is a world where the unseen is the primary influencer, where the smaller is more powerful (Bohm, 1994). I will synthesize many diverse ideas into an exploratory theory that will suggest new insights into sustainable leadership. I will propose a new model of practice from which to work. I suggest that it is through an internal state of physiological coherence and psychological balance that a leader can truly learn to “hold steady” (Heifetz, 1994), creating an intentional holding environment, a coherent group dynamic, which draws forth potentials from the unseen world. My hybrid dissertation marries theoretical suppositions with a model of practice, and is based on my own heuristic knowledge from the business world. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLINK ETD Center,