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The Extraordinary Resilience of Leadership

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February 2014 | 208 pages | Corwin

Turn adversity from fearsome foe to welcome friend.

Ordinary resilience is not enough to inspire teams to greatness. Effective leaders must welcome adversity and harness it for positive change that creates results and makes life and work more joyful.

Follow stories of successful educators to discover how to harness the power of leadership resiliency in education. Find out why it matters and how you can be a catalyst for bouncing forward in your own environment. Drawing on the latest research from organizational psychology and her experiences as a transformational leadership coach, Elle Allison Napolitano helps readers by:

  • Defining leadership resiliency
  • Explaining how leadership resiliency applies in educational leadership
  • Showing you how to find it in yourself
  • Outlining steps to make your leadership resilience visible
  • Providing a rubric to gauge the resiliency of your organization

Bounce forward from adversity to lead a successful learning organization that can face new challenges and build for the future.



Bounce Forward is a wonderful book that is at once as realistic as it is inspiring. Read it and it will take you deeper into your life, past, present and future. It will bring you tears, but ultimately it will put a fresh bounce in your step.”
—From the Foreword by Michael Fullan

“Leadership resilience is the linchpin of 21st century leadership survival and success.  Allison-Napolitano’s book is an insightful guide to resilience and is a MUST read for today's leaders and aspiring leaders.”
—Anita Johnson, Executive Director
National Center for Education, Research and Technology (NCERT)

 
Foreword by Michael Fullan
 
Preface
A Focus on Leadership Resilience

 
Orientation to This Book

 
Follow-Up

 
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
Life Is Hard

 
Learning Resilience

 
Sustaining Your Practice of Leadership Resilience

 
Be a Good Soul

 
 
Part I. The Exceptional Nature of Leadership Resilience
 
Chapter 1. Bounce Forward
The Outcomes of Leadership Resilience

 
Ordinary Resilience

 
Leadership Resilience

 
The Requirements of Leadership: What Makes Leadership Resilience More Challenging

 
The Stresses of Educational Leadership: Neither Rare Nor Unusual

 
Moving on to Chapter 2: A Model of Leadership Resilience

 
 
Chapter 2. A Model of Leadership Resilience
The Leadership Resilience Model

 
Key Assumptions of the Leadership Resilience Model

 
Benefits of the Leadership Resilience Model

 
Using the Model: A Disciplined Practice

 
 
Part II. Enabling Capacities of Leadership Resilience
 
Chapter 3. Relationships: Surround Yourself With Good Souls
A Relationship Inventory

 
How Relationships Make Us Resilient

 
Who Are Your Wilsons?

 
Beware of Non-Resilient Individuals

 
Cultivating the Leadership Resilience-Enabler "Relationships"

 
Resilience as a Social Identity

 
Be a Good Soul

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 4. Resonance
A Resonance Inventory

 
A Force Field of Positive Energy

 
How Resonance Enables Resilience

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 5. Renewal
A Renewal Inventory

 
How Renewal Enables Leadership Resilience

 
Renewal, Creativity, and Problem Solving

 
On-the-Job Renewal

 
Cultivating Renewal to Enable Resilience

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Part III. Leadership Resilience in Action
 
Introduction to Part III: Leadership Resilience in Action
 
Chapter 6. Stay Calm
First Do Nothing

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 7. Carry On
Carry On

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 8. Accept the New Reality
Adjust Your Perspective

 
Resist Nostalgia

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 9. Want Something More
Want Something More

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 10. Instigate Adaptive Action
Instigate Adaptive Action

 
Defining Moments and Wise Decisions

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Chapter 11. Reflect & Celebrate
Personal Reflection and Celebration

 
Pathways to Personal and Organizational Reflection and Celebration

 
Summary

 
Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams

 
 
Part IV. Leading Organizational Resilience
 
Chapter 12. Organizational Resilience Risks and Opportunities
Becoming a Resilient Organization

 
The Resilience Risk Rubric: A Tool to Introduce Innovative Disruption

 
The Resilience Risk Rubric

 
 
Chapter 13. A Final Word: Forgive Yourself Every Day
 
Appendix: Films, Music, and Literature to Conjure Up Ideas About Leadership Resilience
Films

 
Music

 
Literature and Poetry

 
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

"I loved this book! The need for resiliency is there for anyone in a leadership position, and this book provides the reader with tips and techniques on how to maintain that resiliency."

Dr. Robert A. Frick, Retired Superintendent
Lancaster, PA

"Elle Napolitano has written the quintessential book on educational leadership. Grounded in theory, drawn from her own experience, and based on numerous interviews with school leaders Napolitano uses cohesive strategies, explicit cases, and an array of inventories designed to help school leaders reflect on their strengths as well as weaknesses. This is a must-read for every administrator."

 

Debbie Silver, Corwin Author

“In Bounce Forward: The Extraordinary Resilience of Leadership Elle Allison-Napolitano speaks directly to each reader in a voice full of enthusiasm and spirit.  As a result this book on leadership succeeds where many fail in that it actually provides the energy to go along with its strong content.  The numerous leadership stories are part of the secret of this book, but, in addition, it’s the way in which Elle sits with the reader and speaks with a voice of experience that never loses its 'bounce.' She has been there, and she truly understands the power and the rewards of resilience in leadership.  It’s rare to read a book on leadership with a smile on your face even as you learn some powerful lessons from the many activities, questions, and tools provided.  This is not only a must read, it’s a must re-read, and a must practice, and a must share. There is no doubt that we can all use a 'bounce forward' as we provide leadership during these difficult times.”

Richard Hanzelka, Ph.D, Professor of Education
St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

“Public education's 21st century leaders are being challenged with the daunting task of making America's students college and career competitive in a global society.  Leadership resilience is the linchpin of 21st century leadership survival and success.  Allison-Napolitano’s book is an insightful guide to resilience and is a MUST read for today's leaders and aspiring leaders.”

Anita Johnson, Executive Director
National Center for Education, Research and Technology (NCERT)

“As a school administrator how do you stay positive and continually look for ways to improve your school in the face of mounting challenges?  After reading this book you will be able to stay positive and take your school to new heights.”

Jim Anderson, Principal
Andersen Jr. High School, Chandler, AZ

“While reading the section on ‘renewal’ I was reminded of how important it is to change routines and relish in the beauty of what is around me on a daily basis. I got up from the computer, went on a quick walk in my desert neighborhood. The bonus was seeing a hot air balloon floating overhead! I would have missed it! The balloon reminded me to take a bird’s eye perspective on what might seem like vast problems and challenges. Kudos to this author!”

Dr. Roseanne Lopez, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Amphitheater Unified School District, Tucson, AZ

“Drawing on a wealth of relevant research literature, Dr. Allison provides practical strategies and tools for assessing and building resilience.  Supported by case studies that will resonate with educational leaders, she presents a model of resilience as a discipline to be practiced. I highly recommend her book to support both novice and veteran leaders and their teams looking to continually improve individual and organizational capacity to ‘bounce forward.’”

Dr. Pamela Comfort, Associate Superintendent
Contra Costa County Office of Education, Pleasant Hill, CA

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Dr Marilyn Meell
College Of Education, Concordia University
July 31, 2014

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