Deeper Learning in Leadership: Helping College Students Find the Potential Within / Edition 1

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Examples of flawed leadership are all too evident in today'sbusiness, government, and nonprofit sectors. In this confusingenvironment, students struggle to understand how to be effectivecontributors and learners. They are hungry for guidance as theystrive to understand leadership and as they seek to make adifference on their difficult path to becoming effective leadersthemselves.

Deeper Learning in Leadership is a resource that is designed toshow how leadership potential can be both broadened and deepened inour colleges and universities. Author Dennis Roberts proposes a newapproach to learning about leadership development in highereducation that recognizes innovative strategies are needed for theincreasingly complex issues we face, both in higher education andin the broader landscape beyond the campus. He advocates thatfostering deeper leadership will require educators to take acritical look at the organizational models and processes thatcharacterize most contemporary colleges and universities. Robertsincludes new models of learning and leadership, and providessummaries of widely used leadership theories as well as theoriesthat are not as well known. He proposes a new perspective ofleadership and a process of discovering leadership potentialprinciples that educators can use to deepen students'experiences.

This important book also includes the voices of students andformer students who discuss the critical leadership dilemmas theyhave encountered such as where to channel their energy, how tounderstand their limitations and boundaries, when to question theirmotivation and purposes, how to stand on their principles, and howto become more inclusive through their leadership.

Deeper Learning in Leadership will help academics create dynamicprograms that will prepare their students and alumni to transformthe communities and businesses they serve.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
If you haven't yet read Deeper Learning in Leadership: HelpingCollege Students Find the Potential Within, a piece of you ismissing. In this inspiring book, Dr. Denny Roberts addresses thequestions and concerns that all educators face when creating aneffective leadership development curriculum and forging a learningculture where academic inquiry influences the hearts and souls ofstudents. I recommend this book for all leadership educators-on- oroff-campus, novice or expert.

For new professionals in education and consulting, one of themost daunting tasks is to learn the history and development of thefield. Dr. Roberts provides an informative and concise history ofhigher education administration and student life that applieswidely to American colleges. His nimble description demystifies thetraditional organizational structure of our higher educationinstitutions and makes clear recommendations for improvement andchange.

Deeper Learning in Leadership also provides extensiveadvice on creating and improving a leadership development programthat begins with the basics (determining values and needs) andprovides guidance through very advanced concepts (changing theculture of a campus to promote effective learning and leadershiplearning). Though the book focuses on leadership developmentprograms, it discusses college campuses holistically and shares avision of a campus that deliberately engages students in academicinquiry and personal, emotional and social development along everystep of the way.

A book of this nature could easily be intimidating. But at onlyabout 200 pages, this work is written in a way that leaves thereader feeling empowered and invigorated. Almost from the moment Istarted reading, I shuttered with joy (truly joy!) at havingstumbled upon such a valuable text. Every page reflects thesophisticated lessons learned over the course of Dr. Roberts? career. Every chapter feels like an intimate discussion with anestablished mentor. The book is at once an inspiration and arelief.

In short, no summary of this book could do it justice. DeeperLearning in Leadership is a worthwhile read for anyoneinterested or employed in higher education and/or leadershipdevelopment. I know that I will reread this book many timesthroughout my career, that I will rely on it as a reference, andthat it has provided me with a sturdy foundation for my own inquiryinto the field of leadership. —Miles Ashlock, associate directorfor leadership development in the Office of Student Life at theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787985851
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.35 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis C. Roberts is associate vice president for student affairs, Miami University (Ohio). He is responsible for the student leadership, campus and community life programs, including career services, student activities, and fraternity and sorority life; as well as community engagement, service learning, and civic leadership.

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Table of Contents



The Author.

1. Introduction and Potential of Deeper Learning.

2. Context of Leadership Learning.

3. Leadership Theory in Use.

4. Preparing Leadership for the Future.

5. Accessing Purpose and Voice for Deeper Leadership.

6. Leadership Program Design and Continuous Improvement.

7. Innovations to Deepen Leadership.

8. Challenges and Opportunities in Deepening Leadership.



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