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Everyday Courage for School Leaders



© 2017 | 224 pages | Corwin

Develop and enhance Leadership Courage to lead every day with equity and excellence!

Have you ever wondered how or where you find the inner strength and determination to stand up and lead fellow administrators, teachers, or students to meet ever-changing expectations?

Courage is a “must have” for effective leadership. Everyday Courage guides readers to develop Leadership Courage from within and become exceptional and resilient. In addition to expanding instructional leadership, practical elements and features include:
• How to Take Action: make specific plans to activate moral courage, intellectual courage, empathetic courage, and disciplined courage
• Daily Practices: exercises in accountability, trust, and risk-taking maintain courageous leadership for equity, excellence, and inclusion
• Courage Quotient: assess and consider your areas of strength and opportunities for growth through deliberate practice

Whether you are new to leadership or seeking revitalization, Cathy Lassiter’s experience in all levels of educational management will focus you toward leading from a courageous mindset. 


"Leadership is about fostering growth, building capacity, and collaboratively working with stakeholders to create new ideas - this takes a great deal of courage. Cathy Lassiter creates a pathway for leaders to develop that courage, and shows them how to do it with empathy. Everyday Courage for School Leaders is an outstanding read for anyone new to leadership and those who need to revitalize their thinking."
-
Peter DeWitt, Author/Consultant

"A great resource to support leaders as they revise, reflect, and reassure staff, students, and community of the possibilities through their leadership as we embrace the courage to accomplish goals to achieve success."
- Brenda Yoho, Director of Educational Support Programs

 
PREFACE
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
INTRODUCTION
 
PART I. FOUNDATIONS FOR EVERYDAY COURAGE
 
CHAPTER 1. WHAT IS EVERYDAY COURAGE?
The Evolution of Courage  
Modern Science Studies Courage  
Everyday Courage for School Leaders Defined  
Moral Courage  
Intellectual Courage  
Disciplined Courage  
Empathetic Courage  
The Neuroscience of Courage and Fear  
Conclusion  
 
CHAPTER 2. MAKING THE CASE FOR EVERYDAY COURAGE
The Unspoken Requirement  
Professional Standards for Educational Leaders  
Losing Our Leaders  
Overcoming Fear  
Impacting Our People  
The Impact of Courage at Work  
Conclusion  
 
PART II. PRACTICING EVERYDAY COURAGE: THE THREE CUPS
 
CHAPTER 3. CUP OF COURAGE: TRUST PRACTICES
Overview of Trust  
Consequences of Distrust  
Benefits of Organizational Trust  
Conclusion  
 
CHAPTER 4. CUP OF COURAGE: ACCOUNTABILITY PRACTICES
Overview of Accountability  
Accountability That Works  
Conclusion  
 
CHAPTER 5. CUP OF COURAGE: RISK-TAKING PRACTICES
Overview of Risk-Taking  
Taking Smart Risks  
How to Take Risks  
The Benefits of Taking Risks  
Characteristics of Innovative Leaders  
Becoming an Innovative Leader  
Benefits of Innovative Leadership  
Conclusion  
 
PART III. ACTIVATING EVERYDAY COURAGE: PERSONAL REFLECTION AND DEVELOPMENT
 
CHAPTER 6. ADVANCING YOUR EVERYDAY COURAGE
Natural-Born Leaders  
Believe in Yourself Without Limits  
Keep Worry at Bay  
Be Optimistic  
The Right Kind of Practice  
From Purposeful to Deliberate Practice  
Creating Your Practice Plan  
Conclusion  
 
CHAPTER 7. ASSESS AND STRENGTHEN YOUR EVERYDAY COURAGE
Scoring Your CQ  
Lessons Learned/Observations  
Courageous Practices for School Leaders  
Strategy Starters for Purposeful Practice  
Trust Cup Practices  
Accountability Cup Practices  
Risk-Taking Cup Practices  
 
FINAL THOUGHTS
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX

Supplements

Key features
This book breaks new ground on educational leadership by providing compelling evidence including new case studies and a synthesis of the best available research from a variety of perspectives. Readers will assess and reflect on their use of everyday courage at the end of each chapter via the reflection questions. Additionally, each part of the book will begin with a short story, or vignette featuring a courageous leader in action.

The book will also include a set of detailed self-assessments that can be placed online and, possibly, sold separately. 

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ISBN: 9781452291253
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