Fifth Edition of Leadership Textbook Now Available

The fifth edition of Leadership Development Studies: A Humanities Approach, the textbook for Phi Theta Kappa’s nationally recognized Leadership Development Program, is now available.

The Leadership Development Program curriculum integrates writings from the humanities – the Great Books and other historical and literary works – as well as film studies and exercises into a facilitated learning environment that encourages students to apply these humanities as sources of wisdom to their own organizations, creating critical thinkers and problem solvers.

“The program covers the traditional leadership development topics that will always be important, such as goal setting and change,” said Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning. “Phi Theta Kappa’s approach to leadership development is that it must be personal and individual, so the foundation of the program relates to self-awareness and to creating the environment for the development of a personal philosophy of leadership for each person.

“This creates authentic leadership capacity, which builds confidence and purpose and which can evolve as a person grows.”

The new textbook may be purchased directly from the publisher at A print edition is $54, and an e-book is $45.99. Or, both may be purchased as a bundle for $70.

The fifth edition includes new classic cases, such as excerpts from Les Misérables and a new play called The Night is Darkest Before the Dawn. There are also new Leadership Profiles on Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire, best-selling author Maureen Dowd and the former First Lady of Egypt Jehan Sadat.

Also new to the edition are 14 contemporary readings and two Film Study options for each of the 11 course units.

“This curriculum is accessible and relevant to all,” Byrd said. “These carefully chosen works show the passion, engagement, skill and philosophies of many types of leaders, and the curriculum encourages personal reflection as well as the development of a personal philosophy of leadership.”

There is a Book Companion Website that includes free, open-access resources such as flashcards and supplemental information about the textbook content. Instructor Resources are also available and include an Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint slide decks for each Unit, Certificates of Recognition for those completing the course, and promotional brochures and posters.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recognized Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies curriculum as one of only eight Exemplary Leadership Development Programs in Higher Education. Courses using the curriculum are taught on college campuses and in businesses across the United States.

“Every single semester, students in the course say they wish the Leadership Development Course was the first one they’d taken at college,” said Steve Fritts, a Certified Leadership Development Instructor and advisor to the Alpha Psi Tau Chapter at Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri. “It would have completely changed the way they interacted in classes, on group projects and with their instructors.

“I have heard story after story of students who have taken the course and found their passion and their voice.”

The textbook is required for those participating in the Leadership Development Study Group on Facebook, a nine-week non-credit study group that explores key topics related to leadership. The group is open to members, alumni and non-members.

Preparation to adopt the text is provided in Leadership Instructor Certification Seminars, aimed at those who wish to be able to teach the curriculum. Three seminars are scheduled for 2014:

  • May 15-18, Lewis Center, Ohio
  • July 10-13, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
  • July 17-20, Long Beach, California

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