Bob Sprague “Leading without Authority” April 30

Have you ever seen someone take the opportunity to influence others beyond their "pay grade" ? You see these people speak up in meetings, questioned for their insight, or in conversations that become opportunities to influence far beyond their job description.  Harvard leadership scholar Ron Heifetz called this, "leading without authority."  How does one lead a vital cause that exceeds a job description, a budget, and even one's expertise? All of us work in complex organizational systems.  Leading without authority may be necessary in these complex systems to accomplish the most important tasks on campus.

Bob Sprague is a Lecturer in the Department of Management.  He also is a doctoral candidate in Gonzaga University’s PhD program in leadership studies. Sprague has taught in both the College of Communication and Education and the College of Business. He has taught courses in leadership, communication ethics, communication research, and business communication. He has been teaching in the Management Department since 2008.  His research interests include self-leadership, organizational dissent, and servant-leadership. Bob has done leadership development work both on and off campus with students, faculty, staff, and community leaders.

Join the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center for our Passing on the Legacy Higher Education Series as we hear more about this topic from Bob Sprague on April 30@ 12PM-1PM in BMU 210. For more information please contact us at (530) 898-4101 or visit our website at