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From Command to Community
A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities
Nicholas V. Longo, ed.; Cynthia M. Gibson, ed.

Civil Society: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

2011 • 288 pp. 6 figs., 2 tables. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Leadership Education

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-970-9
$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-61168-014-0

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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... [continued in Reviews below]”—Book News Inc.

Diverse essays create a new definition of leadership education based in colleges and universities

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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Reviews / Endorsements

“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

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

“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.”—Ronald Heifetz, Founding Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

“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.”—Thomas Ehrlich, former president, Indiana University

“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.”—David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation

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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