Mental Karate for Leaders

Spring 2019
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 15
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Amy Gould square
political science, public administration, women's studies

Welcome! “Onegai Shimasu”: Please do your best, I ask of you. I ask of you to learn alongside each other as we explore the building blocks of leadership in ourselves and within the seen and unseen world around us. Kara comes from the Zen concept of “empty”, Te is the Japanese word for “hand”, and Do means “the way or the path.” Therefore, we will be studying mental "Karate-do" for leaders: The way of the empty hand.

Whenever a leader serves the public, asks big questions to find solutions, supports staff, follows initiatives, manages a meeting, prepares for a presentation, engages in conflict resolution, leads planning efforts or adapts to change... the leader is empty handed. They must rely on the leadership-self they developed internally.

“Spirit first, technique second.” Gichin Funakoshi

In this course:

  • We will become a Sensei or teacher to ourselves and others about leadership.
  • We will each learn kata or a pattern of movement through leadership development.
  • We will each practice the bunkai or applications of the techniques we have learned.
  • We will lay the foundation for our studies through leadership praxis.

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing: Graduate
Class Size: 15

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm
SEM 2 E1107 - Workshop

Advertised schedule:

Tues May 14, Jun 4, 6-9p &  May 18-19, Jun 1-2 9a-4p Sat/Sun

Located in: Olympia