Volume 9, Issue 2-- Summer 2010

What is the power in one little word? We all grew with the adage that “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” An adage meant to sooth children’s feelings when their peers have said mean things. But the truth is that words do hurt. Words are just that powerful. Ali Edwards has found a way to use the power of one little word to make life more meaningful. Ali writes a weekly blog on scrapbooking, creativity, and life (and the concept of life art). Even if you are not a scrapper, she offers interesting insights into many facets of life, including personal leadership. Her blog is at http://www.aliedwards.com/onelittle-word/ if you would like to check it out.

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Thomas comments on curriculum gaps when educating leaders who are involved in a highly technical curriculum. He proposes that in a setting where the curriculum is highly technical, special attention must be paid to the students’ interpersonal communication skills.

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Williams and McClure examined the impact of three different teaching methodologies. Findings show that lecture is an inferior method of teaching leadership and that public pedagogy has efficient and consistent results.

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Barbuto and Gifford investigated five servant leadership characteristics by male and female servant leaders. The findings contradict many studies on gender roles in leadership.

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Coers, Williams, and Duncan examined the impact of Tuckman and Jensen’s group development process on students’ attitudes towards group work. A positive impact leads the authors to recommend that leadership educators continue using and teaching this process in the classroom and helping students see how the skill transfers to roles outside of the classroom.

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Moore, Grabsch, and Rotter examined a voluntary residential leadership learning community to discover how achievement motivation theory influenced the students to join these communities. The researchers found that only two out of the three needs were common motives for the students.

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Oliver and Reynolds discover a religiously neutral example of how worldly media can be used to teach ten basic principles of servant leadership. These ten principles can be seen in Merlin, and students can observe these principles as qualities that are still desired today.

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Anderson, Bruce, and Mouton qualitatively examined this as well as the impact of 4-H experiences on college-level 4-H alumni’s leadership life skill development.

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Smith and Roebuck describe the impacts of an assignment where students interview a leader in order to apply leadership theories, and to understand the complexities of being a leader. Using a constructivist approach, this assignment has been successful in helping students connect leadership theory to practice.

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Guthrie and Thompson describe student experiences when institutions create environments that incorporate theory, practice, and reflection of leadership education. The authors discovered that a partnership between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs can provide a learning environment where students experience high quality leadership experiences.

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Boyd and Williams reported on an assignment that is required in a personal leadership development course. The assignment allows students to apply course content while developing the habit of life-long learning.

 

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Rose’s research dealt with the sense of empowerment that 4-H volunteers feel in relation to the perceived leadership styles of their 4-H Youth Development Educators. The study’s results showed a connection between empowerment of volunteers and transformational leadership.

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Phipps proposes a theoretical framework that examines the subject/object relationship for servant leaders at progressive stages of meaning making, showing how the way leaders make meaning of service evolves with their constructive development.

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Moore investigated the use of cooperative exams in an introductory leadership class. The use of these exams led to advantages and disadvantages from the students’ perspective, but overall, the students enjoyed the cooperative exams and think that they should continue to be used.

 

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