Sample Reading List

This list is meant to provide a look at material which may be used by faculty for the focus of conversations. This is not a complete list and is subject to change.     

Module I: Practice of Building a Learning Community 

Developing Critical Thinkers: Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting by Stephen Brookfield – offers a practical, straightforward guide to helping adults develop their critical thinking skills in four key arenas of adult life: in their personal relationships, in their workplaces, in their political involvements, and in their responses to the media.

Nonviolent Communication:  A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg - provides a new language that will assist in developing students’ capacity to engage in deeper conversations and a great foundation to attend to how they influence others.  Intra- and inter-personal awareness, communication, relationship and interaction skills are essential to developing learning community.  

Module II: Values, Ethics, and Decision Making

Stirring the Soul in the Workplace by Alan Briskin – embarks on an exploration of soul, including its often neglected shadow side, and the consequences of ignoring it in the workplace. Students examine the historical forces that have - brutally at times - subordinated the soul to the needs of efficiency and productivity. A more active way of taking up work roles that can help bring more of our experience and imagination into play is suggested.

Values Shift by Brian Hall – enables one to identity beliefs and assumptions about self and the world, as well as one’s aspired ideals. Values exist across a continuum of complexity. Knowing these at an individual and collective level is essential for 21st Century Leadership.

Module III: Leadership Theory 

Leadership for the 21st Century by Joseph Rosta new paradigm of leadership is introduced -- away from the idea that leadership lies with an individual and is equivalent to management. The new paradigm is more collaborative and responsive to 21st century realities.

Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age by Juana Bordas - explores becoming a more effective multicultural leader though an inspiring distillation of eight themes characteristic of three bands of the rainbow of humanity -- Latino (Salsa), Black (Soul), and American Indian (Spirit). Juana Bordas, a Latina, introduces her book by describing the need that inspired the book: "As the world becomes flatter and globalization creates a world village, leaders must have the cultural flexibility and adaptability to inspire and guide people who represent the whole rainbow of humanity."

Module IV: Global Contexts for 21st Century Leadership

Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living by Fritjof Capra – provides information that in order to sustain life, the principles underlying our social institutions must be consistent with the broader organization of nature. Concepts of interdependence and self-organization are explored in the context of intentional social activity.

Systems One: An Introduction to Systems Thinking by D.L. Kauffman Jr. - explores globalization, social, cultural, economic, and ecological issues from within a systems perspective.

Module V: Leadership in Action

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman – discusses values, skills, and behaviors conducive to the 21st Century Leadership practices when compared to the 18th Century Leadership paradigm. Fundamental to a 21st Century Leadership is attention to the social and relational context in which leadership occurs. 

Module VI:  Sustainable Organizational Change

Collaborative Inquiry in Practice: Action, Reflection, and Meaning Making by John Bray and Joyce Lee – guides one through conducting a collaborative inquiry from forming the group through making meaning and constructing knowledge in the context of other action-oriented methods of inquiry. Students see how effective collaborative inquiry demystifies research and treats it as a form of learning.

Handbook of Action Research edited by Hilary Bradbury and Peter Reason - helps build the capacity to design and implement a participatory change strategy in response to a problem in a specific community or institution. Collaboration in learning and generating new knowledge tends to run counter to traditional practices in most organizations and educational settings -- and is required for 21st Century Leadership. 

Module VII: Building Cross-Cultural Capacity

Privilege, Power, and Difference by Allan G. Johnson – deepens awareness of the complexity of cross-cultural issues and develop skills to engage other people successfully across these differences. Foundational for engaging in the globally interdependent world of the 21st century is knowing “self” and “other,” regardless of cultural difference.

Module VIII: Public Policy Making Process

Public Policy: The Essential Readings by Stella Theodoulou - provides information to recognize and gain insight into the pubic policy life cycle in order to effectively utilize that knowledge in collaborative leadership roles. Of particular use is the link between theory and practice.

Module IX: The Future of Leadership

Building Trust in Business, Politics, Relationships, and Life by Robert Solomon and Fernando Flores – explores the concept of “trust” as a skill, an active and dynamic part of our lives. Authentic trust is sophisticated, reflective, possible to renew and essential to collaborative leadership. 

Terms of Engagement: Changing the Way We Change Organizations by Richard H. Axelrod - explores an alternative to leader-driven change; students explore ways of using various strategies of engagement on genuine human participation and interaction on both a micro and macro level.

Module X: Personal and Organizational Learning

Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges - An essential guide for coping with the one constant in life: change. Bridges’ work supports students in the process of integrating and synthesizing the major elements of the program curriculum with an insightful roadmap of the transition process.

*Please Note: Module XI: Project Proposal Development does not have a book.