Global Issues

Exploring Leadership
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It is a challenging yet exciting time to be a young woman in Japan. As the country faces complicated economic and demographic challenges, more and more people agree that empowering more women as leaders is one key to the future success of Japan. This provides an opportunity for KNDU women to prepare themselves for new roles globally or in Japanese society.

Our seminar follows the framework on leadership established by Komives, Lucas, and McMahon’s (2013) in which “Leadership is a relational and ethical process of people together attempting to accomplish positive change.”

We also approach the study of leadership from three distinct but inter-related dimensions: "knowing", "being", and "doing". In class we read, research, discuss, and debate real-life topical issues related to present-day Japan as part of knowing about leadership. We will also study Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and define the invaluable soft skills that are essential to being a leader, which students themselves can acquire through study abroad experiences and a liberal arts education. Japanese companies want graduates with zest for life, grit, and resilience; young people who know how to make an effort, have confidence in themselves and are eager to continue to grow – we develop these traits in ourselves as a way of doing in this seminar.


Third and fourth-year Japanese students must be master jugglers: they face job hunting, seminar study, remaining credits, a dissertation, and want to enjoy college life and create good memories. In my seminar, we acknowledge this struggle and do our best to be professional, communicative, and show leadership throughout these difficult years.

3rd year: Begin job hunting. Study theories of leadership, individual skills, and personality traits; choose a dissertation theme and a primary research method.
4th year: Finish job hunting! Implement primary research, interpret research results, and write up the dissertation.


Kaho Kitao

  • Resilience Development through Study Abroad

    I chose this seminar for three reasons: 1) I wanted to learn about leadership because it will be useful for my future career, 2) I wanted to research and interact in English as much as possible, and 3) I have enjoyed working with Steven in the past two years. For the past year, the seminar has been very challenging, but everyone is friendly, hardworking, and active, so I can learn a lot. Based on current circumstances in society, I think resilience and grit are the most important skills for young people. Therefore, I am comparing how to develop these skills before (BSA) and after study abroad (ASA). Moreover, I am analyzing primary research data about how to improve these skills.

  • 研究テーマ

    PAST DISSERTATION TITLES - Why Do Introverts Make Great Leaders? * The Value of Leadership Experience Acquired in High School Band * Exploring an Effective Use of Followership * Is Leadership Experience at an Early Age Important to be a Leader? * UNIQLO’s Unique Leadership Development Program * Role Models Are One Key to Women’s Success * Exploring Leadership Styles: Do Women Need to Act Like Men to be Successful? * Addressing the Gender Gap in Japan through Parental Leave Policy * Exploring Work Motivation and Empowerment of Female Workers in Japan * The Significance of EQ in Japan Japan's Challenges for Fostering Global Jinzai * Pursuing Work Satisfaction as a Saleswoman * Developing Global Human Resources in International Studies * Topics and Styles of Humor Accepted in a Diverse Workplace * Is the Airbnb Home-Sharing Business Sustainable? * A Quota System for Women in Business in Japan * Exploring Chutohampa for a Globalized Japan * Examining Effects of the New Shukatsu System in Japan * Changing Times to a Rainbow Generation * When Will Japan Realize Women’s Power? * Kikokushijo and Japanese Education: Nobody Knows How to Deal with Us * Exploring Millennials in Japanese Society * Examining the Lack of Child Care Centers in Japan * Examining the Nurse Shortage in Japan * Contradictions in Japanese Women’s Working Life * The Importance of the Chisanchishou Movement for the Elderly * Corporate Culture that Supports Ambitious Japanese Women * Learning English Through Drama * How Can Students Increase Confidence in Using English Effectively? * Prior Education on Stress Coping During Study Abroad * Beliefs and Traits that Change Through Study Abroad * Sports Benefits for Academic Accomplishments * Examining the Impact of Instagram on Well-being * A Correlation between Multilingualism and Emotional Intelligence * The Relationship between Risk Takers and Life Satisfaction * Balancing Academics and Relationships through the “Harvard Relationship GPA” * Fostering Zest for Life * How Coaches Get the Most Out of Athletes * Exploring Fixed and Growth Mindsets * Is there a Confidence Gap Between Young Japanese Men and Women? * Goal Setting: The Difference Between Success and a Regular Life * Offering Solutions to Globalization Challenges * Media Control in Japan * Exploring Experiences on Peace Boat * Exploring Experiences of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers * Second Careers of Japanese Cabin Crew * Factors in Making a Successful International YouTube Channel * Future Directions for Low Cost Carriers in Japan * Media Influences on International Cultural Impressions * Fast Retailing’s Vision of the Future: Becoming No.1 Global Retailer * Do Japanese Companies Need Foreign CEOs? *
    For their dissertation research, students explore change. Most students find a topic during (DSA) or after (ASA) study abroad. Topics usually relate to how they have changed while overseas or something they are interested to change in themselves or in their own country. Reading, researching and discussing are the tools to find answers. Asking good questions is the best way to keep the research moving forward. Doing original "primary" research is required by all students. This can be in the form of surveys, semi-structured interviews, an experiment, or even some form of coding data. Writing the dissertation is a process that takes resilience, persistence and effort. Students always have a great sense of achievement upon completion of this two-year project.


Resilience: The Impact of Study Abroad
Followership: The Other Side of Leadership
Self-awareness as an Element of Emotional Intelligence
Self-efficacy Development from Study Abroad
Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Skills