Preparing Leadership Educators A Comprehensive Guide to Theories, Practices, and Facilitation Skills
2023 Silver Winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in the Professional and Technical Category
This comprehensive and integrated resource prepares leadership educators to develop their training and facilitation practice that is informed by theory, imbued with healthy leadership habits, and imparted with time-tested facilitation techniques—particularly experiential learning and reflective dialogue.There are plenty of resources for those who desire to practice leadership more effectively. What has been absent until now is an extensive and accessible compilation of resources and preparatory materials for those who facilitate the leadership training and development of others. Leadership educators are responsible for preparing the next generations of change-makers to develop the leadership skills and capacities they need to navigate the challenges in the decades ahead. They engage organizations and communities to become the holding environments and learning laboratories that empower connections of meaning and depth, embolden courageous exploration, and enable needed structural and systemic change. Jonathan Kroll offers this book as a resource to help readers become exceptional leadership educators—those who can empower others to enhance their leadership skills, capacities, and efficacy.Designed to prepare those who are charged with the leadership training and development of others, this book includes: two dozen leadership theories, models, frameworks, and topics; an extensive collection of leadership practices; and tactics for facilitating powerful training experiences that are infused with experiential learning activities and reflective dialogue. Included with each theory and practice (40+) are detailed and easy-to-follow instructions on how to facilitate specific experiential learning activities—along with go-to reflective dialogue questions—that bring the topics to life and ensure this book serves as a practical resource.
Foreword Acknowledgments PART I 1. INTRODUCTION 2. Leadership. What and Who PART II. LEADERSHIP THEORIES, MODELS, FRAMEWORKS, AND THEMES 3. Industrial Leadership Theories 4. Post-Industrial Leadership Theories 5. Contemporary Leadership Theories 6. Leadership Themes PART III. LEADERSHIP PRACTICES, SKILLS, AND COMPETENCIES 7. Cognitive Leadership Practices 8. Emotive Leadership Practices 9. Cooperative Leadership Practices 10. Generative Leadership Practice PART IV. LEADERSHIP TRAINING & FACILITATION 11. Experiential Learning & Reflective Dialogue 12. Creating a "Training Story" 13. Training and Facilitation Practices 14. Conclusion APPENDIX A. Praxis Grid (Theories and Practices in Relationship to Experiential Learning Activities. About the Author Index
"Jonathan Kroll has interpreted the mammoth body of literature on leadership development with his wisdom and years of experience. The result is this terrific handbook for all leadership educators—whatever approaches to leadership they may prefer—and advances the growing profession of leadership education."
Susan R. Komives, Professor Emerita, University of Maryland. Former president of ACPA, CAS, and 2022 Life Time Legacy award recipient from the International Leadership Association.
"As someone who teaches courses on leadership and facilitation, I am excited for Preparing Leadership Educators. Dr. Kroll has composed an informative and engaging text that includes both the "what" of leadership theory and literature as well as the "how" of facilitation. This combination of theory and practice is essential to the future of leadership education. I'll definitely be adopting this as my textbook the next time I teach!"
Annemarie Vaccaro, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Rhode Island
"Preparing Leadership Educators is a critical text that furthers the conversation around the training and development of leadership educators. The text explores theoretical frameworks as a foundation for practice and empowers leadership educators to dive into the historical, foundational, and paradigmatic influences of leadership education—while reflecting on their own leadership praxis. The impact of the text is two-fold among leaders on college campuses: those who educate students and the students who are identified as emergent leaders."
Amber Manning-Ouellette, Assistant Professor and Coordinator, College Student Development Program, Oklahoma State University.
"Preparing Leadership Educators fills a niche need for professionals in leadership education, training, and development, with a resource-rich compendium of facilitative tools. This text builds quickly from knowledge to effective praxis in leadership education spaces and focuses on the ubiquitous dialogical approach integrated across experiential approaches to leadership learning. This is a must-read for leadership educators who are looking to fine-tune their training and facilitation skills or pick up a few new pedagogical strategies for teaching the most common leadership theories and practices."
Dan Jenkins, Professor of Leadership & Organizational Studies, University of Southern Maine and co-author of The Role of Leadership Educators: Transforming Learning
"Preparing Leadership Educators is a critical resource for leadership educators charged with developing the next generation of leaders. However, it extends beyond the resource gap. Jonathan Kroll illuminates the art and science of leadership education, which makes this text a go-to resource for the training and development industry and growing field of leadership education."
Katie Friesen, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of First Year Experience, William Woods University
"This book provides a masterful blend of leadership theories and practices that will equip educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare leaders for an ever-changing world. It is a powerful and important resource for anyone engaged in working with leaders."
Kari Taylor, Assistant Professor and Director, Student Affairs Administration Program, Springfield College.
"Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this book provides valuable information to those tasked with training future leaders. Throughout the book, Jonathan Kroll shares personal experiences of training leaders, which bring leadership theories, practices, and facilitation approaches to life and allow readers to visualize how they may apply this knowledge in their own praxis."
Gudrun Nynut, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University
"As a result of Jonathan's dedication and vision, we now have a resource to fulfill a role which was envisioned from the founding days of student affairs. Through an unusual breadth of experiences and constant reflection on what worked and didn't work in leadership learning, Jonathan compiled a book of gems to help leadership educators be more effective in facilitating the leadership training and development of their participants. Not until Preparing Leadership Educators has there been a resource to help those with responsibility for leadership learning to rise to higher levels of competence in this crucial arena of talent development."
Denny Roberts, Independent Consultant, New Dimensions in Education, Past President, American College Personnel Association, Former Assistant Vice President for Education, Qatar Foundation.
"In a time where there is such hunger for leadership development, Preparing Leadership Educators book is both inspiring and practical. If you are responsible for leadership training, then this book is a must read! It is filled with leadership theories, experiential learning opportunities, and reflective questions that will assist any leadership educator in enhancing both their own knowledge, as well as those they are educating."
Christine Gravelle, Director of Student Activities, Texas A&M University
"Jonathan Kroll gets it! Leadership education, while in dire need of a new approach, must also stand on the shoulders of the theory, scholarship, and approaches before it. In Preparing Leadership Educators, he does both. Incorporating the importance of identity, efficacy, facilitation, execution, and leadership development, this book is an important resource and guide for leadership educators."
Daymyen Layne, Director of Multicultural Education and Training, Quinnipiac University
"Preparing Leadership Educators is an amazing leadership tapestry: it weaves together leadership theory, leadership practices, and hands-on facilitation tips. One could use this to not only grow oneself and others as leaders and facilitators themselves, but with the scope of topics covered you could create a tailored and multifaceted leadership curriculum."
Lisa Slavid, Leadership & Strategy Consultant & Facilitator, (Former Higher Education Executive, 25+ years)
"A stark reality has plagued our world for far too long: 'Bad leadership kills.' Thankfully, as leadership trainers, there is a way to both treat the suffering that exists at the hands of these leaders as well as prevent subsequent bad leaders from being produced: Preparing Leadership Educators. Having studied medicine and leadership my entire professional career I can say that no panacea exists - but this book is a prescription that approaches that ideal. A must read for leaders, educators, and every person interested in making the world a healthier and happier place."
Gary Redfeather, Programme Lead and Senior Lecturer of Clinical Leadership, Education, and Research, De Montfort University, Executive Leadership Coach, ExecOnline
"Organizations spend around $359 billion per year on leadership development worldwide, with dubious results. Leadership scholar and Master Trainer Jonathan Kroll has big ideas about how to improve things, and it starts with preparing leadership educators to be more effective with their training and facilitation. His book expertly navigates the whitewater between theory and practice and steers the reader into the clear channels of experiential learning and reflective dialogue. I recommend it highly."
Doug Kirkpatrick, Founder, D’Artagnan Advisors—Global thought leader on leadership and self-management
"In times of uncertainty, the world needs more leaders. Jonathan Kroll has passionately written a foundational must-read for those that are in the business of training and developing leaders. It is packed with resources and exercises to help leadership educators, and anyone involved in developing the next generation of leaders to level up like never before."
Ethan Huynh, Founder & CEO, Acellent Plus
"Preparing Leadership Educators is the go-to guide for all who have the honor to facilitate and hold space for leadership training and development. While this is a great resource for those in higher education, those in the corporate or non-profit sector can benefit greatly from the depth and ease of this book. By utilizing this text, you will have the knowledge and skills to move participants forward by through the use of experiential learning and reflective dialogue."
Annalyn Cruz, CEO of Grounded In Wisdom, LLC, Leadership & Empowerment Coach / Instructional Designer / Group Facilitator
"I am impressed with Preparing Leadership Educators because of how it fills a learning gap in my leadership journey! In this book, Jonathan Kroll offers facilitation tools for leaders to hone their training craft through experiential methods that center on personal identities, narratives, and reflections. I am relieved that this resource is finally available for leaders to become exceptional. This book should be essential reading for all leadership educators."
Elsie Gonzalez, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CREC (Capitol Region Education Council)
"Preparing Leadership Educators is an asset for those who facilitate leadership training and development. Jonathan is a masterful leadership educator and facilitator with decades of experience that are illuminated within these pages. This book is accessible and practical and will be of value for folks across industries who want to create structural change within their teams and organizations - through training and facilitation."
Faustina Cuevas, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, City of Lynn, MA
"Jonathan Kroll has an incredible depth of knowledge of leadership that shines in Preparing Leadership Educators. This book is an incredible resource for leaders of all organizations—especially nonprofit organizations—because it prepares us to be better leadership educators who can dynamically assist others advance in their leadership journey."
Michael Cipoletti, Executive Director, FNE International
"In a student affairs division with multiple staff and departments responsible for student leadership development, Preparing Leadership Educators is the ideal resource. Jonathan Kroll provides an accessible overview of leadership theories, models, and frameworks that a cross-division team with varying areas of expertise can use to form a shared understanding and approach to leadership education. The detailed and numerous training activities shared in the book are a gold mine of promising practices that are easily adapted to a unique institutional context."
Dave Stanfield, Vice President of Student Affairs, Yale-NUS College (Singapore)