PRAISE FOR UPLIFTING LEADERSHIP
How do highly effective leaders think and act in ways that others don t? This groundbreaking book offers surprising answers from around the world that overturn many conventional assumptions about leadership. Now more than ever, leaders need to help transform our schools, our workplaces, and our institutions. Uplifting Leadership is brimming with inspiring ideas and practical evidence from public education to private enterprise on how to do exactly that. This important book will help leaders everywhere lift their organizations to higher levels of achievement, whatever the odds.
SIR KEN ROBINSON, author, The Element and Out of Our Mind
Uplifting Leadership is the change book of the century. Forget every ad hoc idea about performance these six brilliant insights about system success dance off the pages. Hargreaves, Boyle, and Harris reveal the secrets of soaring in turbulent times. Uplifting Leadership doesn t invite you, it takes you!
MICHAEL FULLAN, OC, professor emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and author, Leading in a Culture of Change
What makes Uplifting Leadership remarkable is more than its extensive research and direct style. In our either/or culture, its unique power is how it takes the energy inherent in paradox and shows how opposites really can attract so that, transformed by unity, practical wisdom becomes clear.
MARGARET J. WHEATLEY, author, Leadership and the New Science and So Far From Home
Uplifting Leadership is about big change and how to make it not in a few companies or teams, but on a big scale, including the transformation of entire countries. Turning crisis into long–term success requires enormous amounts of hard work and great leadership skills. Uplifting Leadership tells compelling, inspiring stories about how to drive major transformation, and it may well change the way you lead forever. I strongly recommend it.
ESKO AHO, former prime minister, Finland, and executive vice president, Nokia
In politics and in business, there are many times when we could all do with a bit of a lift. Uplifting Leadership shows a powerful new idea that can transform the way we do business. Anchored in solid research, but written in attractive prose, this book will challenge leaders in business, education, and other sectors to rethink how they can bring together soft skills with hard data in ways that will elevate all of us.
FRANCES STRICKLAND, psychologist, educator, and former First Lady of Ohio
Introduction: Uplift 1
1 Dreaming with Determination 17
2 Creativity and Counter–Flow 45
3 Collaboration with Competition 67
4 Pushing and Pulling 93
5 Measuring with Meaning 113
6 Sustainable Success 137
7 Uplifting Action 159
Appendix: Research Methodology 177
The Authors 209