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Furman University’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development has created a series of seminars which offer a unique approach to executive development.

Taught by Furman faculty, Liberal Arts Leadership (LAL) draws insights from literary classics and feature films to understand the relationship between effective leadership and organizations.

Following a half-day orientation at Furman on August 18, the two-day seminars take place on campus Oct. 20-21, Jan. 19-20, and April 20-21. The cost for attending the program is $3,950.

In addition to drawing from the humanities, LAL is augmented by real-world business cases and relevant leadership and organization behavior theory. Executive Director of Continuing Education Dr. Brad Bechtold says the “outcomes-based” forum focuses on acquiring relevant professional and personal applications, while fostering diversity of thought and ideas.

Led by Furman faculty from the business, computer science, history, economics, English and philosophy departments, LAL promises a distinctively Furman approach to understanding leadership and company dynamics.

“This is a vastly different approach than simply teaching what other leaders do,” says Bechtold. “We consider themes that emerge [from film and literature] to discern organizational applications like strategy, empowerment, decision making, conflict management, and adaptive change. At Furman, we believe there’s great value in reflecting on the cumulative human experiences we find in the humanities, and these experiences have very real applications in the business world and the non-profit community.”

For more details about Liberal Arts Leadership at Furman including registration information, visit, or contact Dr. Brad Bechtold at the Center for Corporate and Professional Development, (864) 294-3136.

Last updated May 6, 2016
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