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Dr. Eduardo Diaz, our first doctoral graduate from Mexico
By Grace Jackson
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” Yogi Berra
As a doctoral student in the School of Applied Leadership, Eduardo Diaz found Yogi Berra’s quote inspiring. On January 19, 2017, Eduardo became the fifth student in the school’s history to successfully defend a dissertation, and our first graduate from Mexico. He completed his Doctor of Education in Leadership (Ed.D.), with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.
The purpose of his dissertation was to provide research towards an understanding of female underrepresentation in top management roles in Tijuana.
Eduardo used the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) to survey a sample of 153 MBA students (73 male and 80 female) in the Tijuana area. The survey results showed no statistically significant differences, suggesting that the underrepresentation of female leaders in Mexico cannot be attributed directly to leadership self-efficacy.
A global defense
Eduardo’s defense was slightly unusual in that he presented while in Mexico, and other members of his committee were located in Seattle, California, North Carolina, and Arizona. With the help of Whitney Boswell, a Senior Instructional Designer with eLearning, the international Collaborate session (an online classroom format) was highly successful.
He plans to publish his work on leadership and marketing, and to continue to be an educational leader to his students.
Eduardo is a full-time teacher at CETYS Universidad, a private university located in the state of Baja California, Mexico, a few miles south of the state of California, and has held two program chair positions. He has worked for one of the three largest retailers in Mexico, and for two years he was an independent PR consultant for SMEs in Tijuana, Baja California.
We asked Eduardo to share his future plans, now that he is a doctor.
Tell us what motivated you to get your doctoral degree.
My journey was shaped by many important moments, good and bad, that helped me learn about life, work, love, and education. All of these experiences guided my personal leadership approach. And I was lucky to work for CETYS, where high standards and expectations are valued. Pursuing a doctoral degree made sense from personal and professional perspectives.
Completing my Ed.D. was a very important milestone, and I am now better able to define myself as a son, husband, brother, and educational leader.
What was the hardest part about being a doctoral student?
There were many good moments and feelings that I experienced. One of the best was when I learned that leaders at CETYS felt they could trust me to undertake the challenge of studying an Ed.D.; they then supported me in my journey. It felt great knowing that my work at CETYS earned my good reputation. I strive to live up to this reputation every day.
The most difficult part as a doctoral student was the time I spent away time from my family to complete assignments, attend required residencies, and conduct research. This was made easier by my loved ones, who understood and supported me every step of the way, which was crucial.
Do you have a philosophy of leadership you would like to share?
Leadership is about helping others achieve their goals in a manner consistent with their values and the values of those around them. To succeed in this is to experience great personal growth. I think this can take place in most contexts, including organizational and family.
Effective leadership results in positive outcomes for the leader, the followers, and relevant stakeholders. If the result turns out to be negative or harmful in any way, then it would not be leadership.
Thank you, Eduardo! Despite all the challenges and time spent away from his family, with incredible determination and focus, Eduardo achieved his goal and in the end, he got there. Congratulations, and our very best wishes to Dr. Diaz!
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