There are many factors to consider when providing educational experiences that foster student leadership competency development. But, the process of designing, facilitating, and assessing these experiences to be both effective and meaningful can be elusive and challenging. In this volume, a variety of scholars offer diverse perspectives and nuanced expertise that address the following questions: - What leadership competencies are the most critical for students to develop? - How can we ensure students are ready to develop leadership competencies? - What instructional strategies and program design elements can we use to effectively enhance leadership competency development? - How do we help students and educators track and measure leadership competency learning and growth?
The Jossey-Bass quarterly report series New Directions for Student Leadership explores leadership concepts and pedagogical topics of interest to high school and college leadership educators. Issues are grounded in scholarship and feature practical applications and best practices in youth and adult leadership education.
Editor’s Notes 5
1. Developing Leadership Competencies 7
Lucy Croft, Corey Seemiller
This chapter provides an overview of leadership competencies including the history of emergence, contemporary uses, common frameworks, challenges, benefits, and future implications.
2. The Interaction of Efficacy and Leadership Competency Development 19
This chapter covers the role of students’ self-efficacy in developing their leadership competencies. Practical strategies and recommendations are provided.
3. Using Leadership Competencies to Develop Talents into Strengths 31
This chapter describes how to use a leadership competency approach to help students develop their five signature themes from the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment into strengths.
4. Aligning Instructional Strategies with Learning Outcomes and Leadership Competencies 43
Daniel M. Jenkins, Scott J. Allen
This chapter provides recommendations for aligning instructional strategies with learning outcomes and leadership competencies to foster intentional student leadership development.
5. Using Leadership Competencies as a Framework for Career Readiness 59
Anita R. Howard, Suzanne L. Healy, Richard E. Boyatzis
This chapter offers both research and a practical approach for developing the emotional and social competencies associated with career readiness.
6. Utilizing Gamification to Foster Leadership Competency Development 73
Adam R. Cebulski
This chapter introduces gamification and a model for utilizing game design elements for leadership competency development.
7. Strategies in Assessment of Leadership Competencies 87
David M. Rosch, Kerry L. Priest
This chapter focuses on common pitfalls in assessing leadership competencies, simple strategies to avoid them, and innovative theoretical approaches and strategies in assessment.
8. Building a Competency-Based Leadership Program With Campus-Wide Implementation 101
Kelley C. Ashby, Paul J. Mintner
This chapter outlines a process used by a large, public, research institution to create and implement a competency-based leadership development initiative across campus.