Our work comes from over 15 years of applied research in the context of developing and working in one of the first academic leadership programs in the nation. This leadership program now serves over 1,700 students in over 66 class sections each year at a public research 1 institution.
This training comes not only from the lived experience of authors, Linnette Werner and David Hellstrom, who collectively have over 30 years of teaching experience, but also from leadership educators across the globe who have attended their previous conferences and trainings.
Linnette R. Werner, Ph.D
In 2007, the Leadership Minor at the University of Minnesota became the first undergraduate Leadership Minor in the nation to begin adopting the Heifetz model of teaching leadership. Based on the innovative and adaptive teaching techniques documented in the book, Leadership Can Be Taught (Parks, 2005), Dr. Werner and a small group of Leadership Minor instructors began to adapt the work of Heifetz and his colleagues at Harvard to be equally effective with undergraduates. Based on programmatic research and evaluation, the adaptation has been extremely successful.