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Leadership is Changing. Leadership Education Needs to Change with It.

By Cynthia Gibson, The Philanthropic Initiative

Nick Longo and I are very pleased to let you know that our book—From Command to Community:  A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities–has just been published by Tufts/University Press of New England.

The book outlines how the notion of leadership is changing dramatically, fueled by an array of cultural forces such as technology, globalization, and demographic shifts.  These and other changes are requiring a new approach to leadership education—one focused less on the individual and “position” and more on collaboration, community problem-solving, transparency, authenticity, diversity, and results.

Given the role that higher education has played in helping to advance new forms of education, the book calls on these institutions to start thinking differently about leadership and to create opportunities for young people to apply their leadership models in organizations and communities across the country.  The book also highlights examples of how some campuses are incorporating these new approaches to leadership education, which emphasize relationship over position and public action over attainment.

In short, these institutions are advancing a view of leadership that’s less about command and more about community.

The book grew out of a national symposia funded by the McCormick Foundation in 2008.  Nearly 50 participants—students, professors, and program directors—from 13 colleges and universities, as well as leaders of state/national nonprofit organizations that are developing youth leadership, civic engagement, and civic learning.The authors include Paul Light (New York University); Carol Bellamy (World Learning); Ira Harkavy (University of Pennsylvania); Peter Levine, Jon Zaff, and Liz Hollander (Tufts University); Kathy Kretman (Georgetown University); Alma Blount (Duke University); Decker Ngongang (formerly with; Edward Zlotkowski (Bentley University) and many others, including student participants from the universities represented at the conference.

To order a copy of this exciting book, please visit this website.

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