Nurturing Leadership


♦ by RAVSAK Staff

This column features books, articles, and websites, recommended by our authors and people from the RAVSAK network, pertaining to the theme of the current issue of HaYidion for readers who want to investigate the topic in greater depth.

Books / Textbooks

Bean, S.M. and Karnes, F.A. Leadership for Students: A Practical Guide for Ages 8 – 18, 2nd Edition.

Boccia, J. A., ed. Students Taking the Lead: The Challenges and Rewards of Empowering Youth in Schools.

Bronznick, Shifra, Goldenhar, Didi, and Linsky, Marty. Leveling the Playing Field: Advancing Women in Jewish Organizational Life.

Brown, Erica. Inspired Jewish Leadership.

Charney, Ruth Sidney. Teaching Children to Care.

Delisle, D., & Delisle, J. Growing Good Kids: 28 Activities to Enhance Self-Awareness, Compassion, and Leadership.

Ellis, J., Small-McGinley, J., & DeFabrizio, L. Caring for Kids in Communities: Using Mentorship, Peer Support, and Student Leadership Programs in Schools.

Hannum, Kelly M. and Hoole, Emily. Tracking Your Development.

Hoerr, Thomas R. School Leadership for the Future: Leading the Independent School.

Hughes, Sandra R., Lakey, Berit M., and Bobowick, Marla J. The Board Building Cycle: Nine Steps to Finding, Recruiting, and Engaging Nonprofit Board Members.

Kotter, John P. Leading Change.

Lewis, Hal M. From Sanctuary to Boardroom: The Jewish Approach to Leadership.

Lombardo, Michael and Eichinger, Robert. The Leadership Machine. Minneapolis: Lominger, 2000.

—. Eighty-eight Assignments for Development in Place. Greensboro, NC: CCL P, 1989.

MacGregor, M. G. Leadership 101: Developing Leadership Skills for Resilient Youth (Facilitator’s Guide).

MacGregor, M. G. Designing Student Leadership Programs: Transforming the Leadership Potential of Youth.

Marx, J. How to Win a High School Election.

McGuire, John B. and Rhodes, Gary B. Transforming Your Leadership Culture.

van Linden, J. A., Fertman, C. I., & Long, J. A. Youth Leadership: A Guide to Understanding Leadership Development in Adolescents.

Wagner, Tony. The Global Achievement Gap.

Zachary, Lois J. The Mentor’s Guide.

Zenger, John H. and Folkman, Joseph. The Extraordinary Leadership: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders.

Articles / Studies

Cohen, Steven M., J. Shawn Landres, Elie Kaunfer, and Michelle Shain. Emergent Jewish Communities and their Participants: Preliminary Findings from the 2007 National Spiritual Communities Study.

The Innovation Ecosystem: Emergence of a New Jewish Landscape. LA and NY: Jumpstart, The Natan Fund, and The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, 2009.

Kaunfer, Elie. “Attracting Young People to Jewish Life: Lessons Learned from Kehilat Hadar.” Jewish Education News (Spring 2005): 1-2.

Landres, J. Shawn. “The Emerging Spiritual Paradigm.” Sh’ma 37/638: 11‐12.

Project Adventure. Youth Leadership in Action: A Guide to Cooperative Games and Group Activities.

Wheatley, M. “Good-bye, Command and Control.” The Jossey-Bass Reader on Educational Leadership (Vol. 1, 339-347).


Congressional Youth Leadership Council:


Do Something:

Free The Children:


Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership:

Leadership Village:

National Council on Youth Leadership:

National Youth Leadership Council:

National Youth Leadership Forum:

National Youth Leadership Network:

The Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute:

Youth Leadership Institute:

The Youth Leadership Support Network:

HaYidion: Cover of the Nurturing Leadership issue
Jeremy Stowe-Lindner
RAVSAK gives JCoSS a unique international perspective and network.”
Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, Principal
Bialik College


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