5 Steps to Effective Student Leadership


5 Steps to Effective Student Leadership

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    About the book

    Rooting their work in Ignatian Spirituality, Catholic Social Teaching, student affairs best practices, and a 21st century understanding of a spirituality of communion, these authors offer a proven resource for the formation of student leaders. Each section provides real-world examples of how to engage students in effective practices that both teach the individual and build the community.

    Starting from the premise of Reverence, the 5 steps build in this way: (1) Love everyone: Find God in all things; (2) Share the other’s joy or hurt: Be attentive; (3) Love your enemy: Cura Personalis; (4) Be the first to love: Be creative companions in service; (5) Love one another: Be men & women for others. This resource is inspired by the lives and experiences of actual student leaders with a thorough understanding of student development theory and professional practice.

    Any student leader will find this book immensely helpful. The authors have done all of us a tremendous favor by grounding leadership in a deeper understanding of love: love of self, love of others, and love of God. They employ accessible language, scripture, storytelling, worthy dreams, practical suggestions, and reflection questions to help each student leader be a better, happier person and a stronger leader. The Catholic higher education community is a richer place because of the author’s good work in grounding student leadership in the golden rule

    Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, Ph.D
    President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

    This little gem of a book combines spiritual reflection and leadership development. I can see using this book in orientation and freshman experience courses and with resident assistants and students leaders. By working through the stories and exercises readers of this book will understand how the experiences they have every day can help them be good leaders and better, more loving, human beings.

    Sandra Estanek, Ph.D.
    Professor of Graduate Education and Leadership, Canisius College (NY)

    About the author

    Michael James, Ph.D. is a Lecturer in the Boston College graduate program in Educational Leadership and Higher Education and coordinates the concentration in Catholic University Leadership.