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Joanne Williams and Heidi M. Parker

Experiential learning has been widely used to impact student engagement and provide opportunities to apply theory to practice (Bower, 2013). Sport management faculty regularly use experiential learning in event management, sales classes and internships (Charlton, 2007; McKelvey & Southall, 2008). In addition, educators often include leadership development within their student learning outcomes (COSMA, 2014; MacKie, 2014). This study examines the effectiveness of leadership development activities implemented in an experiential event management course. A case study approach was selected to demonstrate in-depth development and analysis of the course and the integration of strengths-based leadership activities. Students completed the StrengthFinder assessment (Rath & Conchie, 2009), the Strengths Awareness Measure (Schreiner, 2004), and the Strengths of Self Efficacy Scale (Tsai et al., 2014). Significant increases in strengths awareness were reported along with generally high self-efficacy scores. Students reported positive perceptions of the experiential learning experience and increased levels of engagement.

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Justine J. Reel

. ( 2018 ). Dare to lead . London, UK: Penguin Random House . Friedman , S.D. ( 2014 ). Leading the life you want: Skills for integrating work and life . Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press . Rath , T. , & Conchie , B. ( 2009 ). Strengths based leadership: Great leaders, teams, and why

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Angela Robles

used their individual strengths to set individual goals, cultivate different types of team relationships, and take various leadership roles. When considering the four strengths-based leadership domains ( Rath & Conchie, 2009 ), the Olympic athletes each shared one strength in the executing domain

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Leeann M. Lower-Hoppe, Liz A. Wanless, Sarah M. Aldridge, and Daniel W. Jones

taught ; thus, mentoring and strengths-based leadership activities can complement the leadership roles in an events class ( Williams & Parker, 2016 ). Although the instructor often adopted a hands-off leadership style to empower shared leadership among student event directors, facilitation of the blended