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The Wounded Leader : How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis

Richard H. Ackerman and Pat Maslin-Ostrowski

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Format: Hardcover, 162pp.
ISBN: 9780787961107
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Pub. Date: April 2002

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As any school principal or adminstrator can tell you, the responsibilities of school leadership can take a person from inspired moments to crisis in an instant. How does a school leader with good intentions preserve a healthy sense of self in the face of a crisis which in the best of times challenges the self, and in the worst of times can lead to deep wounds of the heart? How can good leaders minimize the impact of these crises and remain open to learn and grow from these difficult experiences? These are the questions at the heart of the stories contained in The Wounded Leader.

Through compelling stories that illustrate many of the common dilemmas faced by school leaders, the authors highlight the many paths to healing, and show how sometimes the most painful experience can be an opportunity for growth.


"All leaders incur wounds. The Wounded Leader enables us to understand our wounds, learn from them....and begin to heal."
—Roland Barth, Founder of Harvard Principals' Center

"Not only is the book full of fresh ideas and new insights but it is a fun read. It is not the usual leadership book that reads much like the other leadership books but stands out as an original contribution...easily presented and scholarly without being pretentious."
—Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity College, San Antonio, Texas

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Richard H. Ackerman is codirector of the International Network of Principals' Centers and professor of education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Pat Maslin-Ostrowski is associate professor of educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University.

Table of Contents

The Authors
Part One:Ironic Blessings
1To the Stars Through Adversity (Ad Astra per Aspera)
2Anatomy of a Wound: Where Does It Hurt?
Part Two:Wounded Leaders
3Great Expectations
4Fragile Power
6When the Bubble Bursts
7Trapped in a Cocoon
8The Trial
9Dancing on the Skillet
Part Three:Looking for the Good Story
10.Narrative Healing: Once Upon a Time
11.What Wounding Teaches
12.Seeking a Cure for Leadership
Appendix A: Method of Inquiry
Appendix B: Case Story

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