Leadership Resource Library

The office of student involvement Leadership Resource Library is a collection of materials for students, faculty and staff members to use as they work to develop their own leadership skills, particularly within the context of student organizations and leadership development. Use the form at the bottom of the resources page to request one of the resources or to renew a checked-out book, or contact us at involvement@bluffton.edu.

Advising Student Groups and Organizations
Norbert W. Dunkel & John H. Schuh
From the rewards and challenges of advising student groups to the specific knowledge, skills and qualities advisors need on a daily basis, this comprehensive overview offers advisors both theoretical and practical guidelines. Readers will learn to motivate leaders, provide academic and career assistance, and tackle budget and accounting issues and more.

Event Marketing: How to Successfully Promote Events
Leonard H. Hoyle
Event Marketing
  provides the most effective tools for carrying out every phase of a successful, integrated marketing campaign for any event, from conferences and expositions to fairs and festivals that host 20,000 people.

Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make a Difference
Susan R. Komives, Nance Lucas, & Timothy R. McMahon
The book is designed to help college students understand that they are capable of being effective leaders and to guide them in developing their leadership potential. Exploring Leadership incorporates new insights and material developed in the course of the authors' work in the field.

Retreats that Work
Merianne Liteman, Sheila Campbell, & Jeff Liteman
Retreats that Work
is a practical, easy-to-use guide, full of step-by-step instructions for leading a wide variety of tested exercises. You'll learn how to design and facilitate retreats that will keep participants energized and on-task. Whether you are planning to lead an offsite retreat for the first time or the ninety-ninth time, Retreats that Work is an invaluable, practical, easy-to-use guide.

The Leadership Challenge (4th Edition)
James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner
The Leadership Challenge
- the most trusted source on becoming a better leader - has been thoroughly updated and revised for a new generation of leaders living and working in a global environment. The authors emphasize that the fundamentals of leadership are not a fad. While the context of leadership has changed dramatically, the content of leadership has endured the test of time.

50 Creative Training Closers: Innovative Ways to End Your Training with Impact!
Bob Pike & Lynn Solem
They'll forget as soon as you walk out the door...unless you make your training memorable. This essential resource is your way to make your mark. Here are fifty ways to close your training sessions and presentations so they won't forget you - or your training.

101 Ways to Make Your Meeting Active
Mel Silberman
Those who attend stale meetings are as bored with them as the people responsible for running them. With this book, you'll learn 101 tools, tips, and techniques guaranteed to brighten your next meeting.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting & Event Planning
Robin E. Craven, Lynn Johnson Golabowski, and D'Etta Waldoch, CMP
This book will show you exactly how to organize any company gathering on time and on budget, whether you're hosting 10 or 10,000.

The Complete Guide to Event Planning
Shannon Kilkenny
Use this book when planning grand openings, seminars, receptions, weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, musicals and plays, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, dances, retirement parties, conferences and conventions, reunions of all kinds, retreats, premieres, festivals, carnival, or sporting events and more; the techniques included are priceless.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
Patrick Lencioni
The author offers a leadership fable that is as enthralling and instructive as his first two books. This time, he turns his keen intellect and storytelling power to the fascinating, complex world of teams.

Leadership Jazz
Max DePree
This powerful book reveals why today, more than ever, leadership is more an art than a science. Today's best leaders are attuned to the needs and ideas of their followers, and even step aside at times to be followers themselves.

Wooden on Leadership
John Wooden and Steve Jamison
Focusing on Wooden's 12 Lessons in Leadership and his acclaimed pyramid of success, Wooden on Leadership is an exclusive look inside the authentic leadership qualities and habits essential to building a winning organization.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Malcolm Gladwell
Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant - in the blink of an eye - that actually aren't as simple as they seem.

The Leadership Lessons of Jesus
Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard
Not all leaders are created equal. One, in fact, created all the rest. This book is your chance to sit down with Him for a few minutes each day - the greatest leader of all time - watching what he did and learning how he did it, then getting up to try doing it yourself.

The Radical Leap
Steve Farber
In his exciting and innovative new business parable, The Radical Leap, Farber explores an entirely new leadership model, one in which leaders aren't afraid to take risks, make mistakes in front of employees or actively solicit employee feedback. His book dispenses with the typical, tired notions of what it means to be a leader.

The Last Lecture
Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow
A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about living.