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Caring Enough to Lead
How Reflective Practice Leads to Moral Leadership

Third Edition

Foreword by Terrence E. Deal



© 2008 | 200 pages | Corwin

"Leonard Pellicer is more believable than many authors because he practices what he preaches. This book represents a gift from someone who shows us that leading and caring go hand in hand. I have skimmed through all too many books on leadership. Most don't speak to me. This one got my attention. Through a rich collection of anecdotes and stories, rather than pronouncements and recipes, I know it will grab yours."
—From the Foreword by Terrence E. Deal

"Pellicer reminds educators why we entered the education field in the first place. He has hit the proverbial nail on its head, and I highly encourage all graduate schools of education and all teacher leaders to make this book required reading!"
—Candace Bower, Instructor
New York State Teacher Center Leadership Academy

"This book is addictive. It has a very personal feel to it, as if the author is talking to the reader."
—Kathe Stanley, Art Teacher
Richmond Drive Elementary School, Rock Hill, SC

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author's personal stories were realistic, which made his points easy to envision. I am thankful for the privilege of adding this to my library."
—Douglas Rinaca, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Chester Middle School, Gastonia, NC

Discover the meaning of caring leadership and bring your school to a new level of excellence!

The author examines what it means to be an effective, caring leader who develops meaningful bonds with staff members to establish common core values. This updated edition of a bestseller demonstrates the relationship between caring leadership and moral and ethical choices and expands on the power of caring leadership to transform schools. This revised edition provides veteran and aspiring leaders with:

  • Two new chapters on the art of caring leadership
  • Real-world examples that illustrate what leaders encounter each day
  • Expanded reflective exercises in each chapter
 
Foreword to the Third Edition by Terrence E. Deal
 
Foreword to the Second Edition by Governor Richard W. Riley
 
Foreword to the First Edition by Aretha B. Pigford
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. It's Better to Know Some of the Questions Than All of the Answers
 
2. Why Am I Going to Visit Bob?
 
3. What Is a Leader?
 
4. Why Should Leaders Care About Caring?
 
5. What Do I Care About?
 
6. What Do I Believe About People?
 
7. Am I Taking Care of My Water Buffalo?
 
8. What Does It Mean to Be a Teacher?
 
9. Am I Willing to Share Power?
 
10. What Does It Mean to Be Responsible?
 
11. Why Am I Doing This?
 
12. Am I Willing to Jump for the Trapeze?
 
13. Who's the King or Queen of the Jungle?
 
14. "Honey, Do These Pants Make Me Look Fat?"
 
15. Can I Care Enough to Do the Little Things?
 
16. "Can You Just Call Me Willie, Mrs. Peterson?"
 
17. How Are Schools Transformed?
 
18. Why Do I Choose to Lead?
 
19. What Do Leaders Owe to Those Who Follow?
 
20. Can I Care Enough to Be My Own Best Friend?
 
21. Will That Be a Senior Cup of Coffee?
 
22. Your Leadership Becomes You!
 
References
 
Index

"Reading this book was an addictive sort of process. It has a very personal feel to it, as if the author was talking to the reader."

Kathe Stanley, Art Teacher
Richmond Drive Elementary School, Rock Hill, SC

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author's personal stories were realistic, which made hispoints easy to envision. I am thankful to have the privilege to add this to my library."

Douglas Rinaca, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Chester Middle School, Gastonia, NC

"Thank you for writing Caring Enough to Lead! This book has encouraged me in so many ways. God bless you and your creative genius!"

Doris A. Ezell-Schmitz, Seventh-Grade Teacher
Chester Middle School, Gastonia, NC

"I absolutely loved Caring Enough to Lead. I was amazed to find someone who thinks just like I do. As I was reading, I found many real-life experiences with which I could identify. The scenarios, metaphors, and vignettes made the book come to life. Thank you for writing such an entertaining, yet educational text."

Cathy Love, Social Studies Department Chair
York Comprehensive High School, NY

"In the universe of tedious tomes on leadership, Caring Enough to Lead exists on another planet, light years away from comparison to a textbook. This book is a thought-provoking conversation with the author, who proves in a few short chapters that the truths for effective leading are the same as the truths for successful living. Pellicer succeeds in guiding the reader with a humorous, touching, and personal style to reflect on the values and beliefs of true leaders."

Gayle B. Sawyer, Executive Director
Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement

"A valuable resource for all leadership development programs. It will not only motivate emerging leaders, but will inspire all leaders to reflect on their own journeys and appreciate the caring relationships valued in work and daily lives. Pellicer's writing speaks to your heart while so vividly illustrating the true meaning of leadership."

Martha W. Mickler, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Learning
St. Johns County School District, FL

"Strikes at the core of our national conversation about moral leadership. Through the art of storytelling, Pellicer helps us understand that becoming a loving, humble servant to those we lead is the real measure of strength in leadership. He makes a compelling case that masterful leadership is not about what you do, but who you are becoming. This book is a must-read for all leaders, from aspiring to retiring, who are interested in their own journey."

Nancy Stanford-Blair, Professor of Leadership Studies, Cardinal Stritch University
Coauthor, Leading Coherently

"Pellicer reminds educators why we entered the education field in the first place. He has hit the proverbial nail on its head, and I highly encourage all graduate schools of education and all teacher leaders to make this book required reading!"

Candace Bower, Director, Genessee Region Teacher Center
Instructor, New York State Teacher Center Leadership Academy

"Pellicer's work continues to inspire another generation of school leaders. My students are hungry for the profound, for the deep, and for the internal insight into the work that they do. This book provides a platform and a space for this to happen."

Mary Ann Kahl, Professor
National-Louis University
Key features
Updates throughout
Two new chapters

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Preface

Foreword by Terrence E. Deal


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