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Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership
Designing Your Success

Second Edition
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January 2023 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Prepare your students to lead the future.

Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success provides a practical, engaging foundation and easy-to-understand framework for individuals to purposefully design leadership. This action-oriented text starts with the self and helps students understand their individual strengths, styles, and skills through numerous reflection opportunities. Next, the text explores the relational aspects of leadership and best practices for motivating and inspiring followers. Finally, the text concludes by examining how leaders can transform their communities and create lasting, positive change. Practical applications and activities in each chapter help students develop their confidence, optimism, resiliency, and engagement. Regardless of your students’ background or major, they will gain the knowledge and skills they need to become thoughtful, impactful leaders. 

Chapter 1: A Framework for Leadership Success: Design and Your CORE™
Module 1: Design Leadership Self
Chapter 2: Designing Your Perceptions of Leaders and Leadership
Chapter 3: Designing Your Leadership Capacity
Chapter 4 Your Why and What for Leading
Module 2: Design Leadership Relationships
Chapter 5: Your Values and Ethical Actions
Chapter 6: Decision-Making
Chapter 7: Influence, Power, and Motivation
Module 3: Design Others’ Success
Chapter 8: Creativity, Problem-Solving, and Idea-Generating
Chapter 9: Effective Practices for Leading Others to Success
Chapter 10: Utilizing Change Processes Effectively
Module 4: Design Culture and Community
Chapter 11 Culture
Chapter 12 Leading a Team
Chapter 13 Designing a Culture that Cares
Module 5: Design the Future
Chapter 14 Creating a Culture of Innovation
Chapter 15: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Chapter 16 Systems and Sustainability
Key features


  • Two unique themes are emphasized across all chapters of this book: 
    • The purposeful design of leadership
    • Developing core capacities to face an unpredictable future
  • A uniquely useful design framework engages students in the purposeful design of their own leadership. This design approach organizes leadership into five major design challenges, each of which comprises a distinct and separate module aligned with the core components of the leadership definition, starting with the student’s design of themselves.
  • New DEI by Design sections introduce key concepts to help students understand how to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion through leadership.
  • New Chapter 4 "Your Why and What for Leading" prompts students to consider their reasons for leading (their “why”) and the world in which they want to lead (their “what”), together which make up their purpose.
  • CORE Attribute Builders comprise of engaging, experiential activities that students can actively work on to develop their confidence, optimism, resilience, and engagement. 
  • Skill Builder Activities are self-directed activities, tested for learning success in and out of real classrooms, in which students can develop important skills and gain richer understanding of specific concepts.
  • Leadership that Makes a Difference features profile leaders that have had an impact, many of whom students will find unexpected, to broaden students’ conception of who is a leader and what it means to make a difference.
  • Leadership by Design introduces students to different design principles and rules that designers use to enhance their product and can be applied to leadership to encourage exploration, discussion, and new ways of thinking.
  • A unique section on designing the future with cutting-edge topics such as fostering a culture of innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and seeing the long-term and big picture with sustainability and systems.
  • Myth or Reality? features examine perceptions and misconceptions of leadership and commonly held beliefs through established research and practice. 
  • Reflection Questions prompt deeper thinking and discussion about the topics. 
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