This publication will be of benefit to those who are developing or enhancing a leadership retreat, conference, institute, or workshop. The purpose is to help you construct and facilitate a quality experience and to maintain fidelity to the outcomes inherent in a leadership development retreat by creating a space for leadership learning as well as development: personal, group, and ultimately leadership. Through examples of content, organizational structures, activities and projects, as well as planning tips, resources, and national examples, this monograph will help you create a quality leadership retreat or conference. This 77 page “Developing a Quality Leadership Retreat or Conference” publication authored by Darin Eich published in 2005 is a part of the “Leadership Insights & Applications” series available currently only through the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs at http://www.nclp.umd.edu/
The ILA conference brings together leadership scholars, practitioners, and educators each year. Every other year the conference is held in the
An association I like to recommend to people that are interested in “leadership” and not solely in the context of higher education is The International Leadership Association (ILA). This is the global network for all those who practice, study and teach leadership. While NCLP is very targeted towards higher education and developing leadership to students, ILA is general and a place of connection for those who are leadership researchers or highly involved in practice. I’ve enjoyed the student rates for membership my years as a graduate student! I’ll certainly miss that! According to the ILA, they promote a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices for the greater good of individuals and communities worldwide. They strive to strengthen ties between those who study and those who practice leadership; serve as a forum where people can share ideas, research and practices about leadership; foster effective and ethical leadership in individuals, groups, organizations, and governments in the global community; and generate and disseminate interdisciplinary research and develop new knowledge and practices. You can visit the ILA website at http://www.ila-net.org.
The National Leadership Symposium is probably my favorite conference for leadership educators. It is a small and intensive experience that happens each July. I had a great time serving as an associate at the Symposium each year from 2002 to 2005. I’d like to be back in 2007 because it is not only a really fun time but you also learn so much and get to meet some like minded leadership educators. The location at the University of Richmond is also very special. The Jepson School is one of the major leadership centers at Universities in the U.S., so there is much to be experienced at the Symposium. I just saw that the theme for the 2007 Symposium will be “Celebrating the Social Change Model of Leadership: Insights and Applications for the Future.” Scholars-in-Residence include Alexander and Helen Astin as well as Susan Komives.
The Harry T. Wilks Leadership Insitute at Miami University is very intriguing. The misson of the Institute “is to strive to ensure that Miami’s students graduate with the highest ethical standards, ready and eager to serve their communities, their nation, and their world. The Institute will strive to ensure that
One of my favorite organizations that can be a great help to those that develop leadership programs, leadership teachers, and those interested in leadership development (especially in the context of higher education) is the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs. I’ve done some work with this organization in a variety of capacities for a number of years and really value the mission of ths organization. The purpose of NCLP is this: “The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, through the development of cutting edge resources, information sharing, and symposia, supports leadership development in college students by serving as a central source of professional development for leadership educators. The National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs also works to connect leadership educators to one another and support those developing leadership programs in their communities.”
You can visit the NCLP Web site at http//www.nclp.umd.edu
There is a new Facebook group for leadership program people. The Facebook group is for people who value leadership programs! This includes educators and staff members who teach, facilitate, develop and innovate programs as well as students who have found their participation in leadership programs to be a highlight of their college experience. This group will be a place to share resources, knowledge, resources, experiences, activities, tips, and ideas. Most importantly it will be a community where you can meet and connect with fellow leadership program people! The group is located at http://wisc.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2230943458
I’ve created this website for a couple of different reasons. The first is to be innovative in how I present my academic research. Typically one would do a dissertation and then create a scholarly book that few read, is expensive for people to buy, and is not easy to acquire. I’d like to make my research and acquired knowledge more accessible. I believe there are a lot of people from many different walks of life who are interested in leadership development and program innovation. Accordingly, I’ve decided to innovate the way dissertations and academic research make their way out of Universities. So, instead of devoting a lot of energy to the scholarly journal articles I’ll make it a priority to put information and the theory from my research here, on this blog. In addition to writing we will probably have some podcasts, link & resource sharing, and new ideas through online brainstorms. Hopefully it will also be an interactive way for people to comment, contribute, and connect as well. Perhaps we will even extend the research further and generate ideas on how to put the attributes and actions into practice. We may even share some stories along the way to creating better leadership programs and helping others to develop as leaders.
When you write your life story, what stands out? For me it was leadership conferences and retreats. I realized that the greatest experiences of my life were often times at leadership conferences. I guess this is why I’ve been doing this. I want others to also experience some “greatest experiences of their life.” My name is Darin Eich. I’ve recently finished my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (Higher Education) at the
I began my journey at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a student profoundly changed by involvement in leadership programs. Most notable to my development as a leader and passion for this research was my participation in the NACURH conference and also involvement in Residence Life. The Residence Life program at UWL was incredible and had elements of high quality leadership programs embedded within it. I was able to participate in multiple day staff retreats, trainings, leadership workshops, delegations that traveled to Later, after working in business for a few years I decided to go back to graduate school full time to pursue what I was really interested in, leadership development and leadership programs. While as an undergrad I was given many opportunities to do some speaking on campus. So as a senior in college I started a small organization which is now CollegeMotivation.com and started to do some motivational speaking professionally. It was tremendous and I wanted to focus in on doing this with my life. This has been very enriching work for me because I was able to visit many other institutions and introduce myself and my ideas at many different places. While as a graduate student I was able to help develop leadership conferences or speak at many different Universities. Some of my favorites have been University leadership conferences at USC,
Later, after working in business for a few years I decided to go back to graduate school full time to pursue what I was really interested in, leadership development and leadership programs. While as an undergrad I was given many opportunities to do some speaking on campus. So as a senior in college I started a small organization which is now CollegeMotivation.com and started to do some motivational speaking professionally. It was tremendous and I wanted to focus in on doing this with my life. This has been very enriching work for me because I was able to visit many other institutions and introduce myself and my ideas at many different places. While as a graduate student I was able to help develop leadership conferences or speak at many different Universities. Some of my favorites have been University leadership conferences at USC,
I remember the precise moment when I decided to leave the business world and go to graduate school to focus in on being a leadership educator, entrepreneur, and speaker. One of my life dreams I had identified was that I wanted to speak at the NACURH conference that had changed my life as a sophomore in college. This is a very big conference with about 3,000 students who attend from all around the country and
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It was at the first LeaderShape that I helped to facilitate that I met a student at the session named Anand Chhatpar. Anand and I became friends and ultimately business partners. We operate a company called BrainReactions which stemmed from Anand’s vision at LeaderShape to connect creative college student idea generators with those organizations that have a great need for ideas. Anand had a great capacity for both leadership and development as a leader. Less than a couple years later Anand was named by Business Week as one of the top 5 entrepreneurs under 25 and the vision had become a reality doing projects for the United Nations and other important organizations. Sharing leadership in BrainReactions now is my full time endeavor. I really enjoy facilitating the brainstorms, teaching people how to be more creative, innovative, and generate hundreds of ideas. I hope to always continue to do a bit of speaking, teaching, and program development consulting each month since that is my original passion. Through BrainReactions we also developed and launched Innovation Trip, which was one heck of a leadership program. We brought together executives from around the globe to the
That brings me to this. After about 7 years of studying leadership development, I am nearing finish of my dissertation. I interviewed over 60 teachers, educators, and students from 4 high quality leadership programs around the country to develop a theory of high quality leadership programs. This theory will hopefully help organizations and institutions develop new programs or innovate their current activities to be of greater quality and have a more positive impact on learning and leadership development. With some luck, this theory will be put into practice to help institutions and organizations create new and better leadership programs and opportunities for participants of the programs to have some “greatest experiences of their life.” I owe a lot of the meaning and memories of my life to leadership programs and I hope this research will have ripple effects on others. If you would like to get in touch, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org