Training the Leaders of Tomorrow

Karen DeFrancesco portrait

Challenging times require visionary leaders.

Leaders of Tomorrow, a two-credit class taught by Karen DeFrancesco, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communications, shows students how to become such leaders. In the class, students examine exemplary leadership styles and discover that setting goals involves more than considering instantaneous gains and losses.

A student taking Leaders of Tomorrow can expect to participate in numerous discussions on what makes a superior leader. DeFrancesco uses every technique possible to keep the class moving and participating in exercises that bring out the natural leader in every class member.

These team-building activities, include an exercise in which the students stand in a circle and, with their eyes closed, attempt to create a square using lengths of rope or yarn. This activity requires a natural-born leader to step up among the class members and direct the process of forming a square.

“Leaders of Tomorrow was a great class, especially during my senior year as I prepare to enter the professional world,” says Andrew Jarzyk ’09, who took the class in the fall semester. “The class focused on different leadership styles as well as the various characteristics that a leader must portray, including competency, honesty and credibility.”

Students learn that leadership is a relationship between those who choose to lead and those who choose to follow. They also learn that breaking through adversity in a workplace requires leaders and followers to establish a relationship based on mutual confidence and respect.

“Considering the importance of leadership in our society, I would certainly encourage any SU student to take this class,” Jarzyk says.


Contributing writers to The ‘Grove are Sondra Zanetto ’09, Stephanie Beazley ‘10 and Victoria Kidd.

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