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Community Leadership Development

A Compendium of Theory, Research, and Application, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark A. Brennan


184 pages

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The development of leadership capacities addresses a vital and continuing need in communities and organizations as they attempt to adapt to a wide range of social, economic, environmental, and political changes. Leadership development activities that focus on building new skills and fostering new ideas directly shape local and organizational capacity. At the organizational level, leadership is a valued resource as organizations are faced with challenges of limited resources, funding, and other capacities. Community leadership operates within a different domain; an environment with different dynamics, structures, and goals. Community leadership is distinctive in that leaders often do not have formal training or authority to dictate and facilitate change. Instead, community leaders must rely on informal networks of diverse citizens, each with a unique local capacity, as the basis for change.

This book brings together classic and contemporary articles drawn from Community Development. Divided into two sections, the book begins with a range of seminal leadership theory and conceptualization pieces. These have been instrumental in shaping leadership development in a wide range of settings. Following the theory section, a variety of research and application chapters are presented. These chapters operationalize theory through applied research and programming, and provide replicable frameworks for future research and programs.

This book is a compilation of articles published in the journal Community Development.

Table of Contents

1. Community Leadership Development: An Introduction to Theory, Research, and Application Mark A. Brennan Section I: Seminal Leadership Theory 2. Community Leadership and Community Theory: A Practical Synthesis. Kenneth E. Pigg. 3. Three Faces of Empowerment: Expanding the Theory of Empowerment in Community Development Kenneth E. Pigg 4. Community Development through Community Leadership Programs: Insights from a Statewide Community Leadership Initiative Scott Wituk, Sarah Ealey, Mary Jo Clark, Pat Heiny & Greg Meissen 5. Leadership as Community Capacity Building: A Study on the Impact of Leadership Development Training on Community Mary Emery, Edith Fernandez, Isabel Gutierrez-Montes & Cornelia Butler Flora Section II: Leadership Development Research and Application 6. Enhancing Public Affairs Participation through Leadership Development Education: Key Questions for Community Development Research and Practice. Boyd E. Rossing & Daryl K. Heasley 7. Community Leadership Development: Process and Practice Christine A. Langone & F. Richard Rohs 8. Community Leadership Structure: Differences Between Rural Community Leaders' and Residents' Informational Networks. Ralph B. Brown & Albert B. Nylander 9. Integrating Theory and Practice: Leadership and Community Development in the Dakotas Janet Kelly Moen 10. Community Leaders, Business Ownership, and Support of Entrepreneurship Development: The Role of Macroentrepreneurs. Peter F. Korsching, John C. Allen, Rebecca Vogt & Steven G. Sapp 11. Putting "Development" Back Into Community Leadership (Development) Programs Dean Alan Porr

About the Editor

Mark A. Brennan is Professor of Leadership Development at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brennan’s research and teaching concentrates on the role of leadership and civic engagement in the community and development process. He has conducted extensive research internationally, resulting in over a hundred publications in leading journals, books, and many presentations at professional meetings. Among other awards, Dr. Brennan has been named a UNESCO Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.

About the Series

Community Development – Current Issues Series

The Community Development Society (CDS) in conjunction with Routledge/Taylor & Francis is pleased to present this series of volumes on current issues in community development. The series is designed to present books organized around special topics or themes, promoting exploration of timely and relevant issues impacting both community development practice and research. Building on a rich history of over 40 years of publishing the journal, Community Development, the series will provide reprints of special issues and collections from the journal. Each volume is updated with the editor’s introductory chapter, bringing together current applications around the topical theme.

Founded in 1970, the Community Development Society is a professional association serving both researchers and practitioners. CDS actively promotes the continued advancement of the practice and knowledge base of community development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography