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Komives, S. R., Wagner, W., & Associates. (2009). Leadership for a better world: Understanding the social change model of leadership development. A publication of the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.  San Francisco: Jossey-BassAs student affairs professionals, we are taught that to help students learn and develop we need to “meet them where they are at”. This idea is common knowledge and often applied to individual interactions with students. The researchers working with the Multi-Institutional Study on Leadership (MSL) have been investigating the need for developmentally appropriate leadership programming. Far too often, our leadership programming is based on a “one size fits all” model. The investigators at MSL are now advocating for cognitively appropriate leadership programming.

At Bowling Green State University, we have adopted a leadership-programming model that is intentionally based on students’ cognitive development level. Based on the proportion of traditional-aged college students at BGSU, the Center for Leadership is teaching the Social Change Model of Leadership Development (SCM) through our annual events. Leadership Academy is a daylong conference geared toward the individual values of the SCM. The target audience is first-year students and the prescribed curriculum is geared toward lower cognitive levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (knowledge, comprehension, application).  The group values of SCM are presented through a variety of campus workshops facilitated by peers. Workshops cover a gamut of leadership topics geared toward the application and analysis cognitive levels. Finally, the Student Leader Retreat is attended by executive level campus leaders and focuses on the societal values of SCM. This two-day event highlights the synthesis and evaluation domains of Bloom’s taxonomy. Please feel free to contact the Center for Leadership if you would like assistance in examining the developmental sequencing of your department’s leadership programs.