Developing Leadership Skills

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Worksheets & Tools

Leadership Growth Plan
Sylvia F. Nadler
The Leadership Growth Plan provides the steps towards developing an effective leadership action plan. By following through the process and asking the right questions, a leader can implement this plan in both his professional and personal life.
The Characteristics of the Ideal Leader
The Characteristics of the Ideal Leader Inventory, designed by PKAL, will provide insight about your strengths and your potential as a leader. This inventory reflects ideas and from a wide range of reflective leadership theorists and practitioners. After completing the Inventory, you should identify a handful of key leaderships traits that are both critical and lacking at this time. With these growth areas identified, we suggest keeping a journal of efforts to incorporate the targeted traits into your professional life.


10 Lessons on Leadership
Polley Ann McClure
As a resource for the PKAL Leadership Initiative, Polley Ann McClure's article, featured in the EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2004, provides insight into the roles of leaders.
A reflection on Personal characteristics of leaders
Anne C. Dema
Reflecting on her first PKAL F21 Leadership Institute in 1996, this F21 member discusses her experiences as a departmental leader. She comments on Mel George’s essay Personal Characteristics of Leaders and emphasizes the importance of "relational" leadership.
A willingness to trust
James M. Kouzes, Barry Z. Posner
If you, as the leader, show a willingness to trust others with information (both personal and professional), constituents will be more inclined to overcome any doubts they might have about sharing information.
Building a community of leaders: The PKAL F21 Experience
Jeanne L. Narum
The challenge for leaders -- current and rising -- is to build an environment in which ideas flourish, are shared openly and freely, and where risks are taken, and the possibility of failure is acceptable: a community in which people of good faith have come together around a common vision and sense of purpose
Developing Institutional Leaders
Specific examples are presented from a wide range of campuses about how senior administrators establish formal and informal policies and programs to identify and nurture leaders within their faculty.
Examining Unexpected Challenges Facing Department Chairs
It is of paramount importance for institutions to recognize the importance of departmental chairs and to cultivate their leadership abilities.
Leadership in the Context of Shaping a Meaningful Career
Melvin D. George
This essay outlines six essential characteristics of a good leader. By identifying each characteristic, Mel George examines the personal qualities that should be cultivated in all those developing leadership skills.
On the Cutting Edge: Leadership Development in the Geosciences
Cathryn A. Manduca, Barbara Tewksbury, David W. Mogk, R. Heather Macdonald
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) sponsors the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future faculty in the geosciences. This program helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.
On the Politics of Teaching Reform
Gregor M. Novak
Working with JiTT and the Freshman Learning Project (FLP) at Indiana University, Novak emphasizes the significance of academic reform in the 21st century. Changes in student population, information technology, and research on teaching and learning have increased the prominence of teaching activities for faculty and institutions.
The "real" definition of the ideal leader
C. Gary Reiness
Gary Reiness argues with some of the implications about leadership suggested by the Characteristics of the Ideal Leader in his reflective essay.
The tasks of leadership
John Gardner
As part of the Leadership Papers series sponsored by INDEPENDENT SECTOR, this essay examines nine leadership tasks and provides examples of each through the accomplishments of historical leaders.
Kenneth P. Ruscio
An exploration of several questions in considering the role of trust in shaping the relationship between leader and follower: Why should trust matter? What generates trust? Is trust a normative concept based on values and principles of duty, obligation, and responsibility, or is it a construct based on rational and self-interested calculations?

Books & Publications

Insight Inventory... understanding yourself and others
Patrick Handley
This is a worksheet by Patrick Handley, Founder of the Insight Institute through which people can develop insights into their manner of working and relating as a step toward understanding "how you react to certain situations or pressures..."
What is Leadership?
Alexander W. Astin, Helen S. Astin
Excerpt from Leadership reconsidered: Engaging higher education in social change

Other Resources

F. Resources

When you're in charge: Tips for leading teams
Beth Cole
This essay featured in Kiwanis magazine in March 2001 provides insight into different types of leaders and how their characteristics determine their ability to lead and to interact with teams.