A survey was distributed to the student body of Colorado College (152). The resulting study analyzed leadership and motivational techniques already in place that have a strong presence in today’s business world. It also analyzed generational gaps and the similarities and differences between each of these generations that currently inhabit the workforce. Through a theoretical analysis of The Baby Boomers and Generation X and the results obtained from the survey questioning a highly motivated and driven group of individuals in Generation Y, a conceptual model was formed adapting the techniques already in place to better fit the newest working generation. This model was formed to give leaders a leading style that is based on a unique, intelligent, and motivated group of individuals at Colorado College, providing a theory in which multiple leaders can adapt to effectively lead Generation Y workers in any environment.
This thesis examines the effects of Team Leadership on a theatrical production. Following the model of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra that has no conductor, this thesis examines the possibility of a theatrical production without the central leadership figure of the director. To study these effects, actors were brought in and asked to be a part of a production wherein they would perform their own roles and also serve as co-directors. This thesis suggests that the Team Leadership Model can be effective if certain pre-conditions are satisfied: actors auditioned based on their ability to work together as a team, a clear structure and outline of responsibilities for all participants, and a reasonable amount of time to allow the team to work together effectively. This thesis found that the Team Leadership Model can be an effective leadership model for a theatrical production, but these pre-conditions must be satisfied.
Carol Krismann reviews Morten T. Hansen's book, "Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Create Unity, and Reap Big Results." The book focuses on collaborations within companies and organizations. However, some of the ideas can be used for collaborating with outside organizations. Based on the author’s fifteen years of research, it is a scholarly book with a practical orientation offering guidelines on collaboration that improves the organization and its goals.
The study undertaken in this paper will address the subject of the role of organizational culture in the success of GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation (GreatAmerica). This privately held commercial equipment finance firm has, against overwhelming odds, overcome serious competitive shortcomings to become one of the largest entities in a commoditized industry where brand name, cost of funds and expensive systems technology are thought to be overriding competitive advantages. The company has enjoyed a record of impressive financial success competing with some of the largest banking and other corporate giants while selling the exact same commoditized product; money.
This paper analyzes leadership at a top tier liberal arts school. Despite previous literature suggesting that different roles and leadership styles are correlated, this study found preferred leadership styles similar across different roles at a small liberal arts college (Darling & Leffel, 2010). After administering a leadership survey to college administration, the Board of Trustees, and student leaders, no differences between the three groups could be found. The three groups significantly favored self-focused factors, then future-focused, followed by people-focused, and finally task-focused. Also, the terms found in the organization’s published leadership philosophy were given more priority than the median for the respective category, suggesting that the school leaders act as similar leaders with unified ideas.
The purpose of this study is to examine leadership styles highly effective in building sustainable libraries in developing countries. The author studies the leadership of three organizations: Room to Read, Central Asia Institute (CAI), and the Hester J. Hodgdon (HJH) Libraries for All Program, each focusing to some extent on libraries and literacy in developing countries. Following a review of the history of sustainability in the library community, aspects of Andy Hargreaves’ and Dean Fink’s principles of sustainable leadership are referenced in an analysis of the leadership styles found in these organizations. The author concludes that, although Room to Read, CAI, and HJH Libraries for All Program were not founded by librarians, their successful modes of leadership represent collaborative initiatives that help build sustainable communities and offer models of leadership for the profession of librarianship.
Urban agriculture has had a strong presence in American cities throughout history, whether from concerns of food security or desires for green spaces. In the past two decades, gardens have made a large comeback due to grassroots and community desire to build community and partake in the local food movement. Common literature has agreed on the benefits that gardens can provide for cities, but no study has found what it specifically takes to establish gardens successfully, in order for their benefits to consistently show for the long-term. This study determines what factors are necessary to establish community gardens with longevity in mind. Through extensive analysis of existing literature, this study finds that the three largest factors for establishing and maintaining community gardens are community interest, support for resources, and organized structure. This study then examines how these factors are specifically at play in Colorado Springs, as the city’s budding interest in gardening makes for an exemplary case study. For Colorado Springs, this study finds that while community interest and mechanisms for resource support are present when it comes to establishing gardens, in terms of longevity, a lack of consistent structure for supporting and maintaining community gardens could hinder the longevity of community gardens. It is proposed that more organization and structure for the gardens, especially in regards to leadership development, can promote the success of these gardens, as well as other gardens nation-wide, for the future by making gardens more self-sustaining.
Ken Salazar (CC class of 1977), U.S. Secretary of the Interior, former Colorado Attorney General, and former U.S. Senator from Colorado, discusses the influence of Colorado College on his educational foundation, including politics of the world, public service and leadership.