Mar 8, 2018
Dave Newell prepares
students for lives of leadership and service. He is director
of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development at Davidson
College. He serves as the principal resource for the campus
community on leadership development and education. Dave is
also the owner and lead consultant of Evolve Leadership Consulting,
a learning, development, and strategy consulting firm dedicated to
helping organizations function at their highest level. Prior
to his work at Davidson College, Dave was director for leadership
and community-based service at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
Peter, MN. He earned a B.A. in Communications Studies
from Gustavus Augustus College, and an M.A. in Leadership in
Student Affairs from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis,
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
preparing students for leadership, being a better leader and
fulfilling the desire to serve.
- Dave explains the
Chidsey Center for Leadership Development and what
- He defines
leadership, how it shows up and what informs it.
- He shares how he teaches
- He addresses the training
development methodologies of 'theory, practice,
reflection' and 'powerful questions for emergence.'
- Dave describes the current cohort of students
he is teaching on campus and whether students are more interested
in being leaders or seeming to be leaders.
- He discusses the state of leadership in
- He answers whether leadership education
- He explains about why he doesn't like the phrase 'soft
skills' and the difference between technical and adaptive
- Dave shares where he grew up, how it shaped him and
what his parents modeled.
- He talks about how he
benefits from being a tall white male in America and what
he learned from participating in an Americore
- He answers who he was an undergraduate and what he
likes most about being and working on a college campus
- He discusses his work as a leadership
consultant and how he found his way to Davidson
- Dave addresses whether the Chidsey Center is where it needs to
be, what he has learned about himself as leader of a center, and
who he admires as a leader.
- He reveals what he is questioning in his life
- He answers whether he would want to be a college
president one day.
- Dave shares the work that pulls on him and what he
Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "Dave
Newell is shaping the future one student at a time. He is sharing
his thoughts about leadership..."
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