Transcendent Leadership Cohort Experience
Transcendent Leadership uses a cohort process that creates space for an integrative experience, for practicing choosing living love, and for coming together as a cohort of leaders. The cohort experience serves to integrate and strengthen the learning that is inspired during the program. Transcendent leadership, like other spiritually and personally transformational journeys, is about recognizing that there is a master choice on this planet: That choice is how to be with our authentic loving self in any interaction, communication, or situation. Together as a cohort we will explore the integration of spirituality and knowledge with daily life, and support each other in practicing what we are learning. The TL cohort is designed to be responsive to the integral and authentic learning and growth of the individuals and the cohort as we intentionally walk the path to mastership. The cohort process serves as a container for the Transcendent Leadership Program and each member’s emergent expansion into transcendent leadership consciousness.
Each course is co-facilitated by a team of faculty.
Year One – Semester One
Awareness, Attunement, Alignment
Loving -- The Master Key for Transcendent Leaders
Year Two – Semester One
The Spirit of Inquiry and Research
The Spirit of the Law
Year One – Semester Two
Transcendent Leadership and the Shadow Side of Consciousness
From Myth to Mystic to Mystical
Organization and Community Culture and Consciousness
Year Two – Semester Two
Transcendent Leadership Through Metaphor, Collaboration, & Dialogue
Transcendent Leader Capstone
Multidimensional Consciousness – Semester One
3 credit Hours
In recent times, there has been a major shift in leadership definition and education from one that is based in doing to one that is based in being. Instead of focusing on the behaviors or external characteristics of leadership, the focus is shifting toward understanding the consciousness of leading. Multidimensional consciousness is the ability to be conscious of and fluent with more than one dimension of experience. It involves remembering that we have within us the potential to expand our perceptual awareness to dimensions beyond our physical experience. There are multiple dimensions by which we relate to everything we experience in every moment. These dimensions, through which we perceive, form the tapestry of our experience. Who we choose to be at any given moment defines the richness of our being and thus our leadership. The more we explore the multidimensionality of Self, the more aware we become of the multiple dimensions at play in all aspects of life and leadership. We propose that the more we cultivate awareness of the multiple dimensions within us, the greater our capacity to lead. In this class, we will cultivate deeper awareness and exploration of the multiple levels and aspects of human experience, how consciousness of these levels can enhance our lives and the positive impacts we can make as leaders for the highest good of all concerned.
Awareness, attunement, Alignment – Semester One
3 credit Hours
In this class, we will explore what it means for each of us to become aware of who we are—on multiple levels—and then go beyond awareness to a place of aligning with the highest sense of our Self and attuning to the highest good. We will consider spiritual practices such as service and forgiveness, which are getting a great deal of attention from researchers for the positive effects they have on health, wealth, and happiness. We will explore our individual process of discovering the spiritual experience and understanding within our own consciousnesses. We will also learn to guide the mind and emotions through an active meditation technique. In the practice of active spiritual exercises, you will develop increasing ability to direct your attention inwardly, to distinguish and experience with clarity multiple levels of consciousness, and to grow in such soul attributes as loving, gratitude, and service. In PTS we don’t say, “Come, join our path.” We say, “Let’s work together to help you discover your path.” This course will provide opportunity to consider techniques of meditation and to build and expand your own personal process designed to support you in an active process to create greater awareness of, alignment with, and attunement to the divinity within and around you, enhancing your abilities as a transcendent leader. As you come to know yourself as a spiritual being, discovering the truth of who you are, you can find increasing freedom from past challenges and more fully see your purpose.
Loving -- The Master Key for Transcendent Leaders – Semester One
3 credit Hours
“Love is where leadership begins.” ― Glenn C. Stewart. We are all born with a consciousness of unconditional loving. This consciousness is slowly buried under beliefs about who we are, what we can do, where we can do it, when we can do it, and how we can do it. By the time we reach adulthood, there are many layers of rules that have become hardened or crystallized. And yet that spark of unconditional loving still exists inside each person. It cannot be extinguished completely. Connecting with, and leading from, the spark of unconditional love within is the process of Transcendent Leadership. The hallmarks of this approach are acceptance, compassion, clarity, reverence, presence, courage, and gratitude. This class addresses how to amplify the authentic character strengths that support leading with loving. This course will also explore the ways love has been a key focus of human thought and inquiry since the beginning of written history, as well as how love has taken the lead in human discussion at specific times in history. We will consider the possibility that now is the time that love will lead and ask how we as leaders will sustain a loving consciousness.
Transcendent Leadership and the Shadow Side of Consciousness - Semester two
3 credit Hours
“We have to go into the dark part of ourselves and love that dark part. For loving it is the key to the Kingdom. And we have to stand up and acknowledge that it is part of us.” — John-Roger, Spiritual Warrior: The Art of Spiritual Living. Transcendent leadership emanates from a state of unified consciousness, as compared to dualistic consciousness. Duality—light, dark; good, bad; right, wrong—is deeply entrenched in much of our cultural conditioning. Rejecting the dark or shadow part of ourselves can breed illness and dysfunction at any level of analysis (individual, organizational, social). Spiritual bypass is one form of this rejection—the denial and/or repression of the dark or shadow in the name of rationality, higher love, or spiritual principles. A transcendent, unified consciousness embraces both shadow and light, and recognizes that both can be worked together to bring a coherent, masterfully loving quality to leadership in any context, from the boardroom to coaching an individual employee. When walking a path in nature, we use shadow and light to navigate terrain, identify next steps, and gain safe passage to our destination. In this course, students explore the shadow in general and personal terms. Students will read, reflect, and identify how shadow and bypass manifest in their consciousness and behavior, and use that learning to support themselves and others in making conscious choices that serve the greater good.
From Myth to Mystic to Mystical - Semester Two
3 credit Hours
In On Rhetoric, Aristotle outlined three appeals for making persuasive arguments: ethos, logos, and pathos. Observing practices of transcendent leaders throughout the ages suggests a fourth appeal, to mythos—to a larger, universal, spiritual dimension that is both practical and inspiring. Through storytelling, myths, and parables, transcendent leaders establish rhythms of learning, awareness, upliftment, and growth. John-Roger was masterful in his use of stories to awaken the spiritual heart. Christ taught through parables. Sufis offer tales of an “everyman” character, Nasrudin. Hindu stories point to the experience of “tat tvam asi,” or “that thou art.” The stories and myths are not ends in themselves—they are on-ramps to experience divinity; from myth to mystical to transcendent. In this course, students begin by examining prevailing “myths” or “illusions” that might limit their world view and find ways to transcend these limitations by drawing upon the mythic and mythos to illuminate (or recognize) experience that is typically described as being beyond the realm of everyday consciousness and as having a sacred quality associated with connection to divine presence. How are mystical and transcendent experiences relevant to leadership? How can leaders draw upon mythos—from their own experience, from others, from cultures and traditions—in service to bringing more of heaven to earth?
Organization and Community Culture and Consciousness - Semester two
3 credit Hours
Transcendent leaders are aware that engendering space within their organizations or communities for personal fulfillment and the fullness of being is resulting in happier community environments as well as greater productivity. At varied times and places throughout history the sacred is experienced in everyday life. Societies have been organized around rituals that connect the lives of individuals to a spiritual worldview. In contemporary secular cultures, finding one’s relationship to the sacred is a task and challenge for the individual. In this course, students’ knowledge base of organizational theory is expanded through in-depth literature review, which will offer new insights into responding to internal as well as external pressures for change. Students learn to identify changing circumstances in communities and organizations, as well as globally, and also to be cognizant of issues that affect and effect change. Transcending subjective perceptions is crucial to successful innovation and the key objective to change. The integrated theory of personal and organizational transcendence in practice at PTS offers leaders in any settings specific principles and practices that can serve as actionable knowledge for cultural leadership.
Leading Transcendence - Semester one
3 credit Hours
From the perspective of leadership as a way of being, transcendent leaders create a mature and welcoming approach for the gifts held by the leader and those who would join them, or follow the lead. Leadership from this perspective holds a deep-seated appreciation for the magnificence held by each individual as well as for the integrity that can be created through transcendent or soul-aware relationships. Transcendent leadership is without exception represented by a higher way of valuing human relationships. Transcendent Leadership sets itself apart from other definitions by being ageless, incorruptible, and unyielding in principle, while inspiring hope, creativity, and empowerment toward the full actualization of self and others. At this stage in the evolution of leadership there seems to be an emergent and collective need for illuminating a philosophy, principles, and the practices that would ultimately lead to the highest good of a leader, as well as the highest good of all involved. Transcendent leadership is constituted by principled actions, which create new and unexpected meanings, understandings, and experiences. Transcendent leaders catalyze participation and re-imagine present reality through the use of multiple leadership approaches and skills.
the spirit of Inquiry and Research - Semester One
3 credit Hours
When or before an issue arises a transcendent leader asks why. The transcendent leader gets curious—asking why is the beginning of inquiry and research that contributes insight and depth to our understanding of the human condition. This course will review philosophical perspectives (methodologies) including positivism/post-positivism, constructivism, and critical theory. Understanding these perspectives of inquiry allows for awareness of which lens is being used and why, how it informs the questions we ask and how we answer them, and how we make conclusions about what we find. This course will cover various types of tools (methods) of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, and particular attention will be given to those lenses and methods that allow for personal, meaningful, passionate scholarship, such as auto-ethnography, narrative inquiry, emergent design, and appreciative inquiry. The focus will be on becoming a responsible consumer of existing research, as well as crafting and executing your own research projects that can serve the needs of your organization or community. In this hands-on course, students will develop individual projects with special attention to formulating questions, designing research that can answer those questions, and drawing meaningful conclusions from results. Particular attention will be paid to honoring participants, cross-cultural complexities, power dynamics, and other ethical issues in research. This course will support leaders in anticipating and solving problems that may emerge in organizational and community settings and maximizing opportunities for discovery and growth. As a student, by the end of the course you will have a clearly-defined research project, you will know what you need to do and how to do it, and you will be ready to use inquiry and research to anticipate as well as to answer questions.
The Spirit of the Law - Semester One
3 credit Hours
Brendan Francis Behan said: “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” Transcendence comes from the Latin prefix trans-, meaning ‘beyond,’ and the word scandare, meaning ‘to climb.’ When you achieve transcendence, you have gone beyond ordinary limitations. At every level—family, community, school, workplace, nationally, globally—we find formal and informal systems, rules, and laws. What is their purpose? How do we relate to them? Do we feel bound by them? Should we? Awareness and analysis of the laws, regulations, and policies used to govern individual behavior and institutions are vital for transcendent leadership. Knowing and understanding the systems and motivations is a key to being able to recognize both their utility and their limitations, as well as how to invoke them in service to highest-good actions. In this course, we will explore the kinds of laws, rules, and systems, which seem to govern our world and experience. Through this exploration, students will have the opportunity to develop respect for and understanding of the levels on which we find ourselves. Through cultivation of a deeper understanding of the limits that influence our reality, we find the ability to transcend those limits.
Transcendent Leadership Through Metaphor, Collaboration, & Dialogue - SEMESTER TWO
3 credit Hours
In ancient Greek, the word metaphor meant transformer. Through the use of metaphor, our perception operates at a deeper level of understanding. This course explores how metaphors form the foundation of our thinking, influencing our learning and growth by presenting a variety of perspectives that elucidate everyday life. Through metaphor, collaboration, and dialogue students in this course can directly experience the spiritual context and elevation in consciousness that emerges as we engage as partners in the leadership process. Exploring how metaphor expands perspectives, deepens understanding, and elucidates the universality and beauty of concepts and actions can bring dimension to the conversations leaders conduct with the subject matter, themselves, each other, and the larger organizational and community context. Doorways to fuller potentials can open. A breadth of shared metaphorical understanding actively supports dialogue and healthy collaboration, processes increasingly recognized as essential for success through shifts and change. Collaboration is an essential ingredient for organizational survival and success. Collaborative leadership starts, according to David Chrislip and Carl Larson, in Collaborative Leadership, from the premise that “if you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization or community.”As we practice gathering with shared purpose and the intention of receiving inspiration and spiritual assistance, we may experience one accord, a hallmark of transcendent leadership, and, as servant leaders, a knowing that the outcome of our work is in alignment with the highest good of all involved.
Transcendent Learning - Semester Two
3 credit Hours
Peter Senge (1990) defines learning organizations as those organizations “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.” Deep, meaningful transcendence in organizations occurs when the sacred exchange between leaders and stakeholders is supported and nourished. That happens when individuals come to their daily environment continuously striving to improve their individual and collective capacity to learn. Transcendent learning organizations produce leaders dedicated to making thoughtful, strategic organizational learning a priority. Implementing education within an organization or community is one of the highest actions a leader can take. The necessity and importance of transcendent learning grows in times of crisis and complexity. We live in such a time. In this course, students will take transcendent learning out into the world to facilitate wisdom, perspective, presence, and mindfulness (or more precisely, heartfelt presence). Students will apply their wisdom, anchoring and cultivating a sacred space from which to lead in any arena.
Transcendent Leader Capstone - Semester Two
3 credit Hours
This capstone course is designed to provide students the opportunity to synthesize coursework and personal experience to generate awareness, reflection, and practical application of leadership approaches gained throughout the program at PTS. Students will enhance the practice of personal awareness, especially with regard to beliefs about leadership and the integration of leadership in communities and organizations. Throughout the program students will draw upon ways to enhance their understanding of how leadership is defined and how it changes over time. In this final semester, students will demonstrate what they have learned through their program and apply it in real-world situations, addressing organizational growth opportunities. The course uses an appreciative case study evaluation method where students will have an opportunity to apply concepts they have learned to transcendent leadership issues. Each individual in this capstone course will realize and demonstrate who they are as a transcendent leader as they take that out into the world.