Expanding Diversity of Thought in Leadership Exploration
By Hing Potter
Within the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, there is an emphasis on acknowledging that every person has the natural abilities to be a leader. However, in a review of the Fall Semester 2019 personal assessment from student club and organization executives, feedback indicated confusion on individual roles and responsibilities within their respective roles and club president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. There were also strong concerns with a lack of communication and overall teamwork between club executives.
In a summer 2018 SWOT analysis it was discovered that learning outcomes and goals heavily stem from transitional leadership. There is clear lack of attention to developing organizational leadership skills and abilities. It is noticeable that in higher education, there is heavy emphasis on individual and transitional leadership. From this, the question arises, how was this affected student leadership development and transferrable skills building for career building? In review, several recommendations were constructed that can be adopted to provide a more inclusive leadership development approach that can support students to also develop competent transferrable skills as they also begin to focus on career development.
Problem of Practice
The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) staff at John Jay College have a too narrowed focus on leadership theory and lack concepts for promoting multiple methods of leadership aimed at student's transferable skills.