The Wounded Leader. How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis

  • ID: 2212373
  • Book
  • 192 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the best leaders have often been tested and refined by the fire of crisis. School leaders, who must lead in a highly charged political environment and juggle the demands of an often polarized community, are especially vulnerable, in danger of becoming walking wounded. How a leader responds to the wounds that come from professional disaster or from a personal or spiritual crisis often defines that person′s leadership.

The Wounded Leader helps school leaders understand the experience of being wounded and the process of recovery so they can emerge from the crisis stronger and wiser. Through compelling stories that illustrate many of the common dilemmas faced by school leaders, the authors highlight the many paths to healing and show how even the most painful experience can be an opportunity for growth.

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The Authors.

Part One: Ironic Blessings.

1. To the Stars Through Adversity(Ad Astra per Aspera).

2. Anatomy of a Wound: Where Does It Hurt?

Part Two: Wounded Leaders.

3. Great Expectations.

4. Fragile Power.

5. Branded.

6. When the Bubble Bursts.

7. Trapped in a Cocoon.

8. The Trial.

9. Dancing on the Skillet.

Part Three: Looking for the Good Story.

10. Narrative Healing: Once Upon a Time.

11. What Wounding Teaches.

12. Seeking a Cure for Leadership.

Appendix A: Method of Inquiry.

Appendix B: Case Story.


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"...brings to the foreground several very important ideas for the practice of school leadership..." (, September 11, 2002)

“…A very thoughtful and considered book…”(The Occupational Psychologist, December 2002)

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