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Congratulations to the third Cargill Fellows cohort

The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, in partnership with Cargill, has selected 21 students as the third cohort of Cargill Fellows.

Cargill Fellows - cultivating leadershipThe Cargill Fellows program at K-State creates a supportive environment to prepare and empower students to exercise leadership in their communities and global workplaces. Fellows are students in the College of Agriculture, College of Business Administration and the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering with interest in professions that help nourish the world.

The program provides students with a yearlong leadership development experience and the preparation to begin their career with a unique advantage beyond their technical preparation. Their exposure to and practice with skills such as adapting to change, engaging in diverse environments, and critical thinking will cultivate professional competencies that will prepare them for a successful launch into the industry.

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Staley School recognized for leadership education research and practice at national conference

Several leadership communication graduate students and Staley School of Leadership Studies faculty represented Kansas State University at the 2020 Association of Leadership Educators conference (ALE). The theme was “In Tune with Leadership: Understanding Research and Best Practices.”

ALE is an international organization aimed at strengthening the expertise of professional leadership educators. Staley School participants in the conference – which was virtual for the first time in conference history – presented in categories of leadership education research and innovative practice, as well as led workshops and roundtable discussions. The group also brought home several awards and had papers selected to appear in a special issue of the Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE).

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Working with others: Creating the capacity to exercise leadership

In this special blog series, Staley School of Leadership Studies instructor Tamara Bauer considers an approach to teaching leadership that can further develop our capacity to exercise leadership during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mainstream media often highlights examples of leadership that feature individuals doing something for or to others. (Example: an individual comes to “save the people and save the day”). While there is a time and place to help someone by doing something for them (like in a crisis), there is even more power for long-term transformation when we shift our perspectives and actions to exercise leadership WITH others. This shift can better create the capacity for all of us to engage and for all of us to exercise leadership.

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Briefing: Civic Capacity and the Coronavirus

In this special blog series, Staley School of Leadership Studies partner David Chrislip considers how associated leadership studies and civic engagement literatures contributes understanding and supports the exercise of leadership during the COVID-19 outbreak.


“Sometimes change is so vast and dislocating that it is hard to tell disaster from opportunity.”

The Economist, April 11, 2020

“The larger project, however, is to increase the resilience of American society.”

The New York Times, April 9, 2020

The Crisis

As the coronavirus continues to devastate communities across the nation, planning for the aftermath is beginning to take center stage. As horrendous as the initial shock has been, it is but the first of many cascading impacts that must be addressed. Economic decline (collapse, in some places), increases in inequality in health and wealth, inadequate capacity of institutions to respond, failing health and education systems, and so on, will follow, rending the social fabric of families, communities, states, and the nation. Trillions of dollars will be allocated and spent by federal, state, and local government agencies and foundations to address these challenges. Some communities will be able to put these resources to good use. Others will become more dependent on outside entities (like governments and foundations) for their survival and less resilient in the face of future challenges. The longer-term response to the effects of this pandemic will be as important as the initial response to its manifesting symptoms.

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Advancing the Staley School mission through sabbatical leave

Among the 45 Kansas State University faculty members that will be granted a sabbatical leave during the 2020-2021 school year is Kerry Priest, associate professor in the Staley School of Leadership Studies.

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