From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities

From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities

by Nicholas V. Longo
     
 

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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

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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.

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“The essays collected here address the idea of leadership education through civic engagement and describe some of the best leadership education programs around the country at the college and university level. They demonstrate that a new definition of leadership is not only a set of programs; it is an ethos that should extend across disciplines and departments.”—Book News Inc.

“In this collection of innovative and diverse essays, From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities editors Nicholas V. Longo and Cynthia M. Gibson present a new definition of leadership education—one that moves away from the top-down notion of leadership and considers young people as leaders in the communities where they volunteer, work, and are educated.”—National Conference on Citizenship

“This book is well-suited for academics, researchers, educational policy experts, practitioners, and others interested in better framing the context in which student leadership develops as part of the college and university learning experience. Teachers, activists, and community development professionals will also find it helpful when developing and implementing civic engagement activities that link university curriculum to applied community-based activities. In addition, the book would work well as a primary or secondary text in university graduate and undergraduate leadership courses, to help students understand how applied civic engagement activities can facilitate student leadership development, and how they can shape broader organizational and community development activities.”—Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584659709
Publisher:
Tufts University Press
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Series:
Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are saying about this

Ronald Heifetz
“Perhaps key to developing the next generations of our students for the practice of leadership is the debriefing of challenging experiences. This book extends in vitally important ways the frontier of our educational know-how. These teachers and authors will inspire you with the design of their programs. They are helping students capture profoundly personal and practical lessons for diagnosing and mobilizing collective action to meet the complex challenges facing nearly every community around the world.”
David Mathews
“This volume makes a valuable contribution in re-conceptualizing leadership education as a democratic endeavor, more civic than professional. What distinguishes communities adept in addressing their problems is not so much the characteristics of the leaders, but rather their number and the way they interact with other citizens. Instead of being gatekeepers, these leaders serve as door openers; they broaden participation. The authors in this book identify innovative ways to use this insight in helping young people join in the collaborative efforts that comprise a vibrant democracy.”
Harry C. Boyte
"From Command to Community, edited by Cynthia Gibson and Nick Longo, develops a powerful challenge to dominant top down models of leadership as superhero and service provider, and the passive citizen roles of customer and client which accompany them. The editors and authors also point toward multiple possibilities for change in colleges and universities, toward renewal of 'democracy colleges' which can help to liberate energies of people and places in the 21st century."
Harry C. Boyte, Co-director, Center for Democracy and Citizenship
Thomas Ehrlich
“How can youth civic engagement and leadership be best fused through proven practices? All faculty and administrators who care about our democracy and its functioning should pay close attention to the wise answers that can be learned from every page in this wonderful volume. The editors have brought together a stellar cast of authors in a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts.”

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Meet the Author

NICHOLAS V. LONGO is director of global studies and associate professor of public and community service studies at Providence College. CYNTHIA M. GIBSON is senior vice president at The Philanthropic Initiative, a Boston-based philanthropic advisory firm.

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