My name is David Houglum and I am the Director for Leadership in the Franz Center, as well as have faculty appointments in the Pamplin School of Business and School of Education. I became a leadership educator because I desire for students to see more clearly, respond more ethically, and serve more willingly in their personal and professional lives. At the heart of my teaching philosophy is the notion of cura personalis – the education of the whole person, including mind, body, and spirit. Beginning with the end in mind is critical in the manifestation and enactment of my teaching, as I intentionally interrelate all of my pedagogical activity with specified learning outcomes for my courses. An overarching outcome of my teaching correlates with Robert K. Greenleaf’s (1977) test of servant leadership:
The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society; will they benefit, or at least, not be further deprived? (pp. 13-14)
Like Greenleaf, I believe that education is meant to bring about a greater sense of wholeness, inspiring students for greater service and leadership in the world. My desire is to help transform students into leaders who acknowledge their strengths and limitations, are aware of the complexities of advocating for social justice, are willing to enact positive social change alongside their peers and the marginalized, and are able to serve and lead through developed technical and adaptive leadership competencies. Through my experiential, interdisciplinary, integrative, and contemplative approach to education, it is my hope that students unearth critical assumptions about themselves, others, and the world in which they live and are not only inspired to lead themselves in new manifestations, but to also serve as a catalyst for systemic positive social and institutional change at the local, national, and global levels.
I am currently on the Board of Directors for the Maybelle Center for Community and a member of the International Leadership Association and Association of Leadership Educators. If you would like to know more about networking opportunities with these associations, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
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My advice to you is to invest in yourself as a leader so that you can make a significant impact in the multiple spheres of your life. Seek to serve, help, and add value to others. Every day strive to become little bit better personally and professionally (You vs. Yesterday!). Your 30’s and beyond are shaped by your habits that you develop in your 20’s. Slow down and be fully present: take time to meditate, pray, and reflect daily. Make the time to exercise regularly – it is good for the mind and body. Lean into ambiguity and embrace failure for personal and professional growth. Read as much as you can! Invest in experiences, not things! Pursue meaning, not happiness. Live with the mantra of “Yes, and…” Finally, have courage, confidence, and take calculated risks – when you feel fear, take a small step forward despite the fear.