Title

Discovering the Essential Power of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Yin and Yang of Leadership

Date of Degree

2002

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Program

Education

Advisor

Richard L. Henderson

Advisor

Dorothy Ettling

Advisor

Robert J. Connelly

Advisor

Annette E. Craven

Abstract

The focus of this study was to determine a possible relationship between T’ai Chi Ch'uan and organizational leadership. Specifically, this study assessed whether or not the principles and practice o f T’ai Chi Ch’uan can be used to assist with solving problems in organizational leadership. Through a detailed analysis of key principles of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and its movements, the author attempted to demonstrate the effectiveness and relevance of T’ai Chi Ch’uan to organizational leadership. First, the positive physiological, mental, and psychological effects of T’ai Chi Ch’uan on people were considered on an organizational level. Second, the principles o f T’ai Chi Ch’uan were translated into business strategies that may be used effectively in negotiations and communication. Finally, the concept of organizational health was discussed in relation to T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Essentially, this study addressed how T’ai Chi Ch’uan can be used to enhance the organizational health of contemporary organizations.

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