Category Archives: Pharmacy Student Electives-Introductory

Consider these books for an introductory elective course/rotation in leadership for pharmacy students.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Pink, D. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN CoP

Start Rating: 4 (Really liked it)

Review:  I use this book as an option for students in a leadership best sellers elective.  About 15 students have chosen it so far…all have rated it highly.  This book challenges the reader to examine the effectiveness of “carrots and sticks”.  It then argues for us to focus on different factors in motivating (i.e. autonomy, mastery and purpose).  Students have reported that it prompted self reflection (e.g. Why did I find X motivating?  What factors were present?), as well as prompting consideration of how they have worked with others in various settings (e.g. job, home, volunteering)

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The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know

Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter Facts You Need to Know. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2010.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Like It)

Review:    Admittedly, I’m a K and P fan.  I find their writing to be very practical, approachable and dense with examples that resonate with me.  For students that are new to leadership studies, this may be a helpful place to start.  It covers a lot of ground quickly, helping the reader to more concretely describe leadership.  I’ve also recommended it to students that have studied leadership for a while (i.e. at the end of our Leadership Emphasis Area) and they’ve gobbled it up.  It puts a lot of reminders all in one place and functions as a good summary of things to keep in mind.  As a result, they’ve found it invigorating.

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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

Arbinger Institute. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. San Francisco, CA: Berret-Koehler Publishers, 2002.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN CoP

Star Rating:  5 (It was great!)

Review: I remember the first time we used this book.  I was pretty nervous about how pharmacy students would respond to a fable about how we manage our relationships.   Even if the story did involve a corporate environment, the book just seemed pretty outside of the norm.  But, we’ve been using it successfully since 2007.  It’s one of our most highly rated books.  (In fact, I don’t know that we’ve ever had a negative comment about it.)  Most students report how it’s really changed their perspective on how they engage in relationships both within pharmacy and their personal lives.   The approach is readily transferable to any variety of settings.   The authors have also produced another book…The Anatomy of Peace.

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Now, Discover Your Strengths

Buckinham, M. and Clifton, D. Now, Discover Your Strengths. New York, NY: The Free Press, 2001.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN, CoP

Star Rating: 4 (Really Liked It)

Review:  If you’re teaching strengths, I would highly recommend that you read this book.  We also have our leadership students read it (the rest of our student body only reads Strengthsfinder 2.0) because it opens up the conversation about strengths in partnerships, teams and organizations.  While we want our leadership students to have a strong sense of their personal strengths, we also want them looking outside themselves and learning the Signature Themes of others.  This book includes tips on how to manage people with each of the 34 signature themes as well.  When our students go on rotation, this is the book they’re often seeing hospital directors using.  So, it’s  a great point of conversation too.

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The Student Leadership Challenge

Kouzes, J. and Posner, B. The Student Leadership Challenge. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2008.

Recommended by Kristin Janke, U of MN CoP

Star Rating: 3 (Liked It)

Review:  We’ve used this book since 2009 in our spring leadership elective.  We use it in combination with the Student Leadership Practices Inventory (SLPI), which allows students to self assess their leadership, as well as obtain peer assessment.  The book provides substance in helping them to interpret their results, by thoroughly explaining the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership.  The combination of the book and assessment lays a strong foundation that we refer to often throughout our sequence.  It’s also easy to explain the Five Practices to others, so we’ve been able to bring it into other parts of student life (e.g. admissions to Phi Lambda Sigma).  I think this book is better than the Leadership Challenge for students.  It’s shorter and comes from a student perspective.  The only downside… I wish the examples weren’t so focused on student organizational leadership.

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