Lisa Marie Gick, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Lisa Gick at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Carol Baron, Committee Member, Dr. Lize Booysen, Committee Chair, Dr. Donna Chrobot-Mason (not pictured), Committee Member.
- Lize Booysen, DBL, Committee Chair
- Carol Baron, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Donna Chrobot-Mason, Ph.D., Committee Member
adaptive leadership, complexity leadership, curious leadership, curiosity, emergence, focus groups, growth mindset, leader, leadership, leader capacity, leadership coaching, leading teams, mixed-methods, organizational behavior, organizational culture, relational leadership, self-leadership
When curious, we admit we do not know. With the contemporary workplace emerging through increased complexity, leaders are compelled to shift mindsets and practices from more traditional methods to those more in service to the uncertainty of the day. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to generate an integrated theoretical framework for curious leadership, a validated scale for its measurement, and practical methods for engaging differently in the context and practice of leading. Drawing from the literature review of relational leadership, adaptive leadership, complexity leadership, growth mindsets, and curious behavior, and from my practice, 12 sub-constructs were identified as possible scale components of curious leader behavior. A mixed-methods approach was taken with three differently composed focus groups who reviewed the 12 sub-constructs and honed them to four based on their intersections in Phase 1 of the study. In Phase 2, a survey was thereby developed identifying 66 items for further subsequent appraisal. A finalized survey was undertaken with 274 respondents. From principal and confirmatory factor analysis, four sub-scales were eventually identified: Encourage Emergence, Enable Openness, Engage Experiments, and Honor Humanness resulting in the development of the Gick Curious Leader Capacity Scale. The scale's application and future implications for research and practice are discussed. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, https://aura.antioch.edu/, and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu.
Gick, L. M. (2023). Theoretical Modeling for Curious Leadership and Instrument Development and Validation for Measuring Curious Leader Capacity. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/916