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students into examination machines
The twenty-first century belongs to those with the foresight to prepare for an age of disruption by nurturing 'soft skills' like adaptability, resiliency, and critical thinking. Our pre-disciplinary curriculum helps to orient students toward their 'vocatio' (i.e. their calling or summons), the etymological root of the word vocation. We are dedicated to providing emerging leaders with self-awareness, self-esteem, and the skills to serve their living interests.
A U T H E N T I C L E A D E R S H I P
True leadership emerges organically from an individual's ability to perceive insights that may elude others. Vision, at its core, is an ascent up metaphorical peaks. Ascending these summits demands enduring challenges, practicing patience, exercising self-discipline, and maintaining the moral fortitude to share both the knowledge as well as the wisdom that is gained from the ascent.
T H E A R T O F C R I T I C I S M
The act of criticism manifests itself through diverse motivations: the allure of attention, the desire for revenge, or the quest for hierarchical dominance. However, for an authentic leader, these impulses find no home. Consider instances of parental censure. In the context of a healthy and supportive family, parental censure emanates from an ethos of love. In short, this encapsulates the art of criticism. The authentic leader, therefore, is anchored in an ethos of love. When a genuine leader expresses criticism he or she does so because they are compelled by a love of country, a love of humanity, or perhaps a love of our living planet .
C O G N I T I V E A U T O N O M Y
Emerging leaders experience optimal cognitive growth within an environment that is predicated on academic freedom and constructive disagreement. Through continuous exposure to such a learning environment, they begin to cultivate 'cognitive autonomy' — a process wherein they assume responsibility for their thoughts, words and beliefs. Concurrently, emerging leaders are compelled to nurture a set of academic manners that provide the framework for the moral courage that is requisite for posing incisive and thought-provoking inquiries.
Dr. Erich Fromm
"If one feels that one's own value is not constituted primarily by the human qualities one possesses, but by one's success on a competitive market with ever-changing conditions, one's self-esteem is bound to be shaky and in constant need of confirmation by others. Hence one is driven to strive relentlessly for success, and any setback is a severe threat to one's self-esteem; helplessness, insecurity, and inferiority feelings are the result. If the vicissitudes of the market are the judges of one's value, the sense of dignity and pride is destroyed." Erich Fromm
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