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From Command to Community

A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities

Nicholas V. Longo

Publication Year: 2011

The essays in this volume address the idea of leadership education through civic engagement. They delineate a new approach to leadership education reflecting important cultural trends driven by technology, globalization, and demographic shifts; look at some of the best leadership education programs nationwide; and offer "next steps" on how to transform higher education more broadly.

Published by: Tufts University Press

Series: Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Title Page

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-ix

Ten years ago, we had yet to meet one another but were traversing similar paths on which the ideas for this book were born. One of us was a program officer for a national foundation interested in increasing youth civic and political engagement. The other was the director of a new national initiative to mobilize college student...

I: Defining the New Leadership

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Introduction: The New Leadership

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pp. 3-23

Ask almost any group of people what they think of when they hear the term “leadership,” and they are likely to respond with words and concepts that reflect some version of the “great man theory”: one charismatic individual (usually a man) to whom others look to “show them the way.” A quick perusal of books about leadership on Amazon.com or at any local bookstore, in fact, underscores...

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1: Courage for the Tough Questions - Leadership and Adaptive Learning

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pp. 24-44

I have been teaching for years, but every time I walk into a seminar room for the first class of the semester I take a deep breath and make a silent wish. May I have the energy and wisdom to be as present as possible to whatever unfolds with these students. Our work together might not be easy, but I know it will be rewarding. I offer this comment to them as we walk through the syllabus....

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2: The Potential of Service-Learning Student Leadership

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pp. 45-64

It is the contention of the editors of this book that there exists an unfortunate, unnecessary, and ultimately dysfunctional gap between the civic engagement movement and programs aimed at developing student leadership. They write that, although civic engagement has become part of higher education, colleges and...

II: Leadership and Civic Engagement in Context, Then and Now

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3: The Civic Engagement Movement and the Democratization of the Academy

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pp. 67-82

The past two and a half decades have seen the emergence of myriad efforts aimed at reclaiming the civic purposes of American colleges and universities (Harkavy and Hartley 2008; Hartley and Hollander 2005). The sheer scope of these efforts — championed by dozens of associations and through the establishment of many new networks — has led some observers to liken them to a movement...

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4: Public and Community-Based Leadership Education

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pp. 83-102

Leadership studies and leadership education, fields of research and practice in higher education since the mid-twentieth century, have recently evolved to encompass more collaborative, adaptive, and relational leadership practices. This evolution is a movement away from a singular focus on trait-based and position based...

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5: No One Leads Alone - Making Leadership a Common Experience

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pp. 103-112

For the past fifteen years, I have taught a course on leadership designed for graduate students aspiring to public service careers. Year after year, I introduce the course by asking the class, “How do you define leadership?” One student responds that a leader is someone in management or the head of an organization...

III: Practices

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6: Educating for Democratic Leadership at Stanford, UMass, and Providence College

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pp. 115-148

This chapter examines the power of sustained, developmental, cohortbased curricular programs on student leadership through civic engagement. We do this by describing and analyzing three models at three different institutions of higher education. These models have been in existence for at least a decade...

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7: Civic Leadership and Public Achievementat the University of Denver’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

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pp. 149-168

Our ideas in this chapter approach leadership within a framework of community organizing and public work that we practice through our work at the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (ccesl) at the University of Denver. We locate our definition and practice of civic leadership within a citizen-centered model of community organizing, specifically the community-organizing...

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8: Assessing the Effects of Institutional Culture on Leadership Educationat Tufts University

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pp. 169-187

There are strong theoretical reasons to believe that a college or university that provides substantive, enriching civic experiences for its students will encourage the development of active citizenship in its student body. That is the basic assumption that has persuaded many institutions to provide programs, courses, internships, counseling services, events, extracurricular opportunities,...

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9: Community Colleges Returning Home - Community Institutions for Community Leadership

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pp. 188-200

In 2007 I left my job in investment banking at Bank of America to join the world of community activism and engagement. I had been involved in the community for some time while working at the bank; however, I craved more hands-on involvement in helping address some of my communities’ biggest problems...

IV Moving Forward

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10: Exploring Leadership through International Education - Civic Learning through Study Abroad in Uganda

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pp. 203-220

Leadership education in the twenty-first century cannot ignore the global risks, opportunities, and realities of our interconnected world; so too international education cannot avoid its responsibility to provide the knowledge and vision needed to resolve critical issues we will face as a global community. A model of international education is needed that acknowledges the diverse global

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11: The Role of Higher Education in Public Leadership

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pp. 221-233

Public leadership has become a central concern in higher education, but it remains a concept in flux. The goal remains the same: build an entire generation of public leaders. But there is a new movement underway to transform what used to be seen as a dry, bureaucratic, top-down hierarchy into a vibrant, collaborative, and inclusive system...

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12: Organizing 101 - Lessons I Wish I’d Learned on Campus

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pp. 234-246

This new leadership movement on college campuses made me who I am. Sort of. Before my first week of freshman classes — even before orientation — and following a long day tilling dirt at a YouthBUILD site alongside my soon-to-be classmates, I found myself huddled in a homeless shelter basement discussing the...

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pp. 247-256

“I think we are at the end of a difficult generation of business leadership, and maybe leadership in general,” said Jeff Immelt, Chairman and ceo of General Electric, when reflecting on the first decade of the twenty-first century in a December 2009 speech at West Point. “Tough-mindedness, a good trait —...

About the Contributors

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pp. 257-262


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pp. 263-277

E-ISBN-13: 9781611680140
E-ISBN-10: 161168014X

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives