Lisa Podolsky and Leadership

Lisa Podolsky and Leadership

One of the many reasons I love teaching LEAD 212: Group & Team Leadership is because the topic is so applicable to real life. The year 2020 was the ultimate modern case study in group dynamics and leadership. We saw how impactful and effective groups of people can be when working toward a common goal, such as the science and medical professionals, social and economic justice activists, and everyone who simply stayed home and wore a mask. We also saw how negative the consequences could be when groups and collectives weren’t in sync and leaders abdicated their responsibilities: mass confusion and anxiety, prolonged coronavirus surges, preventable deaths, racial injustice, economic hardship. Both the positive and negative outcomes we saw weren’t coincidences or best explained by chance, and the students in the LEAD 212 class understood. In their final presentations they applied groupthink, social norms and conformity, power and influence, social identity, and more, to how 2020 played out. They made the connections between leadership successes and failures and group outcomes. Their analyses give me hope that with the right tools the next generation can use the principles of leadership to shape a better world.

Lisa Podolsky joined the Cabrini family in 2013, after receiving degrees from Bucknell University and George Washington University. Since then she has advanced leadership initiatives on campus, including the LEADStrong leadership development program, the annual campus-wide Leadership Summit, and the Cavalier Leadership Recognition Ceremony. Lisa has worked to facilitate leadership development opportunities for students within Student Organizations, Orientation, CAP Board, and the student employee and internship positions in the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) office. Additionally, she teaches ECG 100: Reacting to the Past and LEAD 212: Group and Team Leadership, and serves as a faculty fellow within the Impact and Writers Ink learning communities. Lisa has presented on leadership topics at National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and First-Year Experience (FYE) conferences and previously served on the Delaware Valley Student Affairs Conference (DVSAC) planning committee.

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