Book Symposium--Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World.

From: Volume 4, Issue 2: Fall 2007, Children's Spirituality Pages 366-395


CEJ has chosen to discuss a book on leadership for the 2007 annual symposium. Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World by Sharon Daloz Parks (2005) is written by a religious educator and published by a major secular publishing house, Harvard Business School Press, so it brings the opportunity for interesting dialog that may be of relevance to CEJ readers. The teaching methodology of Ronald Heifetz, senior lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is the focus of the book. Heifetz’s innovative approach to leadership education—called case-in-point teaching—uses both past student experience and the immediate social context of the classroom itself. Relying on personal observation and interview, Parks demonstrates and evaluates Heifetz’s method.

Review by Kenneth O. Gangel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Christian Education
Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX

Review by Patrick A. Blewett, Academic Dean of the College
Columbia International University, Columbia, SC

Review by Robert J. Radcliffe, Retired Professor of Educational Ministry
Western Seminary, Portland, OR

Reviewed by Chuck Tompkins, Life Coach, Former Pastor
Bethel Grove Bible Church, Ithaca, NY

Review by Judith Lingenfelter, Professor Emerita
School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University, La Mirada, CA

Review by Linda Pyun,
Professor of Christian Education
The King’s College and Seminary, Van Nuys, CA



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