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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It’s mid to late August and things are heating up. It’s one reason I love being on a college campus – the energy. Another school year is on the horizon and I am excited to get back in the classroom.

As someone who spends a lot of time on campus, I am constantly viewing activities and opportunities through the lens of leadership development. However, the number of missed opportunities for development amazes me and the lack of connections across campus seem wasteful.

For instance, there are any number of speakers series that are sparsely attended, yet could serve as a wonderful experience for the emerging leaders program. ROTC, the school of business, the leadership minor and student activities all do leadership development on some level, yet the coordination among these entities is next to nil.

So what does the savvy leadership educator do? He or she starts building relationships, making connections and capitalizing on the resources that already exist.

I am convinced that a really powerful leadership develpment program could be designed with a very small budget (or someone else’s budget). Don’t believe me? Just start looking around campus or your community and you will start to see the opportunities.

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Scott J. Allen Ph.D.

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