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Generative Leadership
Shaping New Futures for Today's Schools



April 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin
"Our schools need leadership that challenges the imaginations of our students and teachers. They need leadership that can uncover the liberating opportunities concealed within daunting challenges—this is the defining ability of American genius. This is the 'generative leadership' we come to understand so clearly in this powerful and concise volume."

—From the Foreword by Senator John H. Glenn

A new concept of leadership for 21st century needs!

This innovative resource defines generative leadership as an approach that taps into an organization's collective intelligence and energy to generate growth and effective solutions. Drawing on brain research as well as leadership studies from corporations, the authors provide powerful insights that illustrate how leaders can release and guide the initiative, talent, and creative resources within educational communities. The book also examines:

Educational communities as systems of interdependencies

Generative environments in flexible, resilient companies and links to current leadership strategies

Tools and processes that can serve as catalysts for organizational development and personal leadership growth

 
Foreword by Senator John H. Glenn
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Prologue
 
1. Generativity: The First Foundational Element
Why Generative Leadership?

 
Like Clockwork

 
Atoms and Organizations

 
Social Science Roots

 
An Appreciative Eye

 
Lessons From Science

 
Defining Generativity

 
 
2. Living Systems: The Second Foundational Element
Early Developments

 
Enter the Engineers

 
Feedback: The Missing Loops

 
Complex Systems, Simple Models

 
Lessons From Nature

 
Attributes of Living Systems

 
What School Leaders Can Learn

 
 
3. The Brain/Mind System: The Third Foundational Element
Natural Learning

 
How Learning Correlates to Structure

 
Brain/Mind Basics

 
Teaching, Learning, and Leading

 
Implications for Leaders

 
 
4. Generative School Leadership
Expanding Possibilities

 
The Look and Feel of Generativity

 
A Lens on Learning

 
Leadership Modalities

 
A Developmental Continuum

 
The Leader's Role

 
The Leader's Journey

 
Situational Assessments

 
10 Operational Indicators

 
 
5. Putting Ideas Into Action: Methods and Practices to Develop Generativity
The Power of Authentic Conversation

 
Ancient Lessons

 
Circles at School

 
World Café

 
Appreciative Inquiry

 
A Quick Comparison

 
Getting Started

 
The U-Process

 
 
6. Catalysts for Growth: Tools and Resources for the Generative School Leader
How to Use Chapter 6

 
Both/And Viewfinder

 
Unpacking the Six Hallmarks

 
The Modality Matrix

 
Critical Visioning Web and Waterfall

 
The Brain Learning Cycle

 
Brain/Mind Principles and Capacities Wheels

 
Generativity, Living Systems and Brain/Mind Learning: The Processes and Procedures Lens

 
From the Authors' Bookshelves

 
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"The authors articulate complex concepts in a way that makes application understandable. This book provides a flexible framework for working with staff to create an environment where everyone experiences authentic learning and gains deep understandings."

Sandra K. Stanley, Executive Director of Instruction and Pupil Services
Warren Woods Public Schools, Warren, MI

"An excellent journey into the new world of generative leadership! The authors focus on the K-12 system, but the book has applications for every level of education, including post-secondary."

Tracy Edwards, President and CEO
Lethbridge College, Canada

"A succinct and elegant synthesis of compelling ideas that are central to effective education and educational reform. The developmental path that the authors spell out for leaders is both clear and profound. We strongly recommend this book to all those interested in improving education."

Geoffrey and Renate Nummela Caine, Executive Secretary and Director of Research
The Natural Learning Research Institute

"This powerful and passionate text is an excellent read for everyone, from those who are struggling to lead their schools to those who have been generative leaders but didn't have the voice or language to define it. A must-read for those entrusted with leading today's students and schools."

Leslie Wilson, President
One-to-One Institute

"Klimek, Ritzenhein, and Sullivan provide a useful and powerful tool for taking educational leaders from yesteryear into the future. This book is the spark that will light the fire within every educator and empower today's school leaders and those around them."

Mary Madden, Principal
Flint Community Schools, MI

"Provides a dynamic and powerful model for organizational change founded on practical, realistic principles. The generative approach enables leaders to meet the contemporary needs and complex challenges that schools face by calling on the talent, energy, and creativity of all individuals in an organization."

DiAnne Pellerin, Superintendent
L'Anse Creuse Public Schools, Harrison Township, MI

"Students need to learn how to learn. This book is a tactical presentation of how to accomplish this goal, describing an ideal environment for teachers to instill students with critical reading and thinking skills."

Kathryn Clark, Chief Executive Officer
Docere LLC

"A masterful synthesis of the most vital educational research findings and key leadership lessons of our time, presented in an engaging, accessible way. This book gives language, structures, and approaches for designing authentic learning environments that engage the vitality of those involved in any educational setting."

Chris Koenig Seguin, Art Education Department Chairperson
College for Creative Studies

"What a contribution! This book should be required reading for all aspiring school leaders."

Roberta E. Glaser, Retired Assistant Superintendent
St. Johns Public Schools, MI

"Extremely helpful for today’s educational leaders working to improve schools for tomorrow. The book is well designed for both individual study and reflection as well as for group or faculty book study."

Amy Allen, Educational Consultant

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