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Emily Ihrke Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership® Questionnaire, Student Leadership

By Emily Ihrke, LL’15, gcLi Scholar ‘21, Co-Coordinator, PK12 Ethical Leadership Program at University School of Milwaukee (WI) As a little girl I was painfully shy. Cling-to-my-mother’s-skirt, stomach-ache shy. I couldn’t stand to have people look me in the eyes, and I hated to be away from my parents. Pre-school was sort of OK, and kindergarten, too, because it was …

The Leader Gardener

Mike Chapman Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership® Questionnaire, Student Leadership

by Mike Chapman, Cadet Corps Leadership Program Instructor at St. John’s College High School, (Washington, D.C.) Managing an effective high school student leadership development program, in many ways, is like managing a good vegetable garden. Even the most novice gardener can understand the basics: prepare the soil, infrastructure, and spacing plan prior to planting; conduct both collective and individual maintenance …

Leadership Lessons from a Pandemic

Jeremy LaCasse Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership® Questionnaire, Student Leadership

The practices of good leadership in a crisis are no different from normal times. The only differences are the stakes and the circumstances of the moment. A good leader under normal circumstances must understand the needs and functionalities of the group, how the leader’s behavior affects the group, and how to help the group achieve its goals, all while being …