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 …

The Butterflies Blog, Part 2

gcLi Leadership Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership® Questionnaire, Student Leadership

There have been some remarkable realizations, connections, and friendships that never would have happened were it not for this challenging time of COVID-19. These are the butterflies that have been birthed from the chrysalis of challenges, conflict, and necessity.  We reached out to the gcLi community to hear about some of their butterflies.  These are their stories. *** As a …

The Butterflies Blog, Part I

gcLi Leadership Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership® Questionnaire, Student Leadership

There have been some remarkable realizations, connections, and friendships that never would have happened were it not for this challenging time of COVID-19. These are the butterflies that have been birthed from the chrysalis of challenges, conflict, and necessity.  We reached out to the gcLi community to hear about some of their butterflies.  These are their stories. *** My school …

Mirrors: What Happens When You Don’t Like the Reflection?

Berkeley Gillentine Leadership Lab, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy of Leadership® Questionnaire, Student Leadership

by Berkeley Gillentine, LL’ 13, Senior Associate Director, Leadership Annual Giving at Washington University in St. Louis (MO) In 2013 gcLi presented me with amazing gifts: new friends, future colleagues, and, most importantly, the concept of “mirrors.” Our group learned to succeed as a team by sharing our strengths to cover a broad range of needs. Wherever there were opportunities, …