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Bounce Forward
The Extraordinary Resilience of Leadership

Foreword by Michael Fullan



© 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

"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
Key features
Each chapter contains real “leadership resilience in action” stories from effective leaders who love their work, achieve results, and who make a difference. Each chapter also contains Thought Leadership Questions that provoke ideas about leadership resilience. Readers can use these questions to get their own resilience juices flowing, to coach others, or to coach a team to do the same. Content also includes numerous quotes for reflection and action steps such as self-assessments and rubrics.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Bounce Forward Front Matter

Bounce Forward Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781452271842