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Building Leaders One Hour at a Time

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Building Leaders One Hour at a Time tells the story of the development of the GOLD Leadership Program at SUNY Geneseo and provides lesson plans for creating user-friendly short courses in leadership and life skills. The narrative and the syllabi serve as a practical guide for organizations with limited resources to create programs through collaborative leadership.

About the Book

Building Leaders One Hour at a Time tells the story of the development of the GOLD Leadership Program at SUNY Geneseo and provides lesson plans for creating user-friendly short courses in leadership and life skills. The narrative and the syllabi serve as a practical guide for organizations with limited resources to create programs through collaborative leadership.

 

The book is divided into two parts. Part One includes seven chapters detailing the history of the SUNY Geneseo GOLD Program and the collaborative leadership used to create and develop the program. The reader will also learn how the various components of the program are organized and managed. Part Two provides lesson plan descriptions for 160 workshops that may be used by the reader as guides for organizing similar learning modules when creating or revising leadership development programs. Although this book was developed primarily to help leadership educators in higher education that have similar human resources on their campuses, these lesson plans use a one-hour format that may be adapted in secondary schools, nonprofit agencies, businesses, government agencies, or wherever a need exists to improve the leadership process within an organization. The practical use of these lesson plans will make a difference in any team or group. Just invite a local “expert” to offer a one-hour lesson on one or two critical leadership skills such as listening skills and running effective meetings and imagine the difference that might make in better relationships or more productive meetings. Participants will ask for more and people will quickly begin offering their “expertise” in your leadership program.

 

Scan Part Two for a treasure trove of ideas and go back to Part One to learn how to engage others in creating or expanding a practical approach to leadership development.

 

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About the Author

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Dr. Thomas E. Matthews, Ed.D.

Tom Matthews is the Associate Dean of Leadership and Service at SUNY Geneseo. He earned a B.S. in Education at SUNY Plattsburgh, an M.S. in Student Personnel at SUNY Albany, and his doctorate in Student Personnel & Higher Education from the University of South Carolina. Tom served as Chair of the National Association for Campus Activities, has been active in regional, state, and national leadership positions and chaired numerous committees, and presented papers and hundreds of program sessions on leadership. In 1978, he was the first administrator at Geneseo to receive the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

 

Since 2000 he has been developing the GOLD Leadership Certificate Program at Geneseo, which attracted 7,934 participants in 2012-2013 and has been recognized nationally as a program of excellence and distinction by the National Association for Campus Activities and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

 

Building Leaders One Hour at a Time is both a story about the development of the GOLD Program at SUNY Geneseo and a practitioner's guide to creating high-impact leadership development programs. Tom hopes the book will inspire others to use this guidebook to create open and accessible leadership opportunities for any students interested in improving their leadership capacity. He says that as long as he is having fun and making a difference through the GOLD Program, he will continue working at Geneseo. Tom credits his wife Betsy and sons Jeff and David, dozens of coworkers, hundreds of colleagues, and thousands of students for making it possible for him to have so many wonderful experiences throughout his career at Geneseo.

Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS: FROM HIGHER EDUCATION COLLEAGUES

"Designed to help educators in a variety of arenas, this book provides a unique model for creating and improving leadership development programs. Building Leaders One Hour at a Time emphasizes collaborative leadership and includes a wide array of practical leadership workshop modules, from building job interview skills to writing for success. These modules, each laid out with specific learning outcomes, workshop activities, and scholarly resources, make this book a valuable resource to those interested in creating or expanding their own leadership program."

–PETER G. NORTHOUSE, PH.D., PROFESSOR OF COMMUNICATION, WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

 

"Kudos to Dr. Tom Matthews and the SUNY Geneseo GOLD leadership program for their sustained excellence and demonstrated impact. Our Multi-institutional Study of Leadership affirms a leadership culture at Geneseo with demonstrated outcomes. Building Leaders One Hour at a Time tells this story and presents practical resources to build or enrich any leadership program."

–SUSAN R. KOMIVES, ED.D., PROFESSOR EMERITA, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

 

"This great resource incorporates cutting-edge ideas on leadership and a variety of methods to help students develop their leadership capacity. The vast amount of program design and curriculum included make this a wonderful tool for any leadership educator."

–COREY SEEMILLER, PH.D., DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

 

"At the core of leadership education is the curriculum that guides student learning! Building Leaders One Hour at a Time is a leadership educator's dream. [the book contains] over 150 topics positioned to provide educators with a breadth of learning opportunities for students to advance their knowledge, competence, and capacity as it relates to their inner leadership self."

–CRAIG SLACK, PH.D., ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, ADELE H. STAMP STUDENT UNION–CENTER FOR CAMPUS LIFE, LEADERSHIP & COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING; DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

 

"The story and support materials in Building Leaders One Hour at a Time has inspired me and become my touchstone! I can't imagine a better resource, especially for those of us looking for new and innovative ways to equip our college students with the courage and skills to affect positive change."

–ARTHUR SCHWARTZ, PH.D., PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OSKIN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, WIDENER UNIVERSITY

 

"Building Leaders One Hour at a Time is an excellent resource for leadership educators. The book is essentially divided into two parts: 1) The overall structure of the GOLD Program at SUNY Geneseo, and 2) Outlines for each leadership development session included within the Program. I believe anyone with administrative responsibilities for college leadership programs will find the first part of the book helpful, as Dr. Matthews describes the network of relationships and logistical support necessary to build a comprehensive program within today's university environment. The second part of the book describes over a hundred leadership workshops in diverse topics ranging from presentation skills and resume building to servant leadership and volunteerism - and everything in between! While the outlines can be used to re-create the entire program wholesale, they also provide enough information to take pieces from so educators can create their own unique workshops. I believe educators and administrators at all levels will find this book helpful to them in their work."

–DAVID ROSCH,PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Contact The Author

Contact Dr. Tom Matthews

Dr. Tom Matthews
Associate Dean for Leadership and Service Programs, Emeritus
E-mail: Matthews@geneseo.edu

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