Learning as a Way of Leading: Lessons from the Struggle for Social Justice / Edition 1

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Overview

Learning As a Way of Leading

Learning As a Way of Leading explores a little-researched formof leadership study—social activism. In this groundbreakingbook, Stephen Preskill and Stephen D. Brookfield take an in-depthlook at how social justice leaders learn, how they support otherpeople's learning, and how this deepens their social impact.

As the authors explain, the best leaders enjoy a capacity to betaught, to work collaboratively with followers, to listen and learnfrom people around them, and, in many cases, to lead by being led.Such leaders are developmental leaders, chiefly interested indrawing out the abilities and capacities of their followers. Theydo this by remaining open to what those followers can impart tothem as much as by guiding them to new possibilities.

Learning As a Way of Leading focuses on a number of importantleadership tasks such as publicly modeling engagement in learning,viewing learning as a daily professional imperative, andcommunicating to colleagues the lessons learned. To demonstrateeach of these activities, the book includes portraits of ninetwentieth-century leaders—Jane Addams, Nelson Mandela, SeptimaClark, Ella Baker, Myles Horton, Aldo Leopold, Mary Parker Follett,Paul Robeson, and Cesar Chavez—who exemplify the learningtasks identified in this pioneering resource. Each of thenoteworthy leaders supported their co-workers in challenging thestatus quo, in expanding the boundaries of what can be accomplishedtogether, and in raising standards of what we expect from eachother, both intellectually and morally.

Learning As a Way of Leading is an essential resource writtenfor anyone who wants to make a difference for the public good byjoining with others to bring about positive change.

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Editorial Reviews

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“What I like most about this book is the way Preskill andBrookfield model their own ideas about narrative, listening andbeing open to the contributions of others. They are good storytellers and have the ability to bring the personality and essenceof their leaders to the reader.

It is both a thought provoking book and a practical guide. Itgives models, but urges us to reflect and analyze our ownexperiences. It is definitely grounded in adult learningprinciples, and pushes the limits of our current thinking. I willdefinitely introduce this model, Preskill and Brookfield’sideas, to my doctoral students this fall. How could Inot?”

The National Teaching and Learning Forum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787978075
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: New
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 145,790
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Preskill is chair of the Department of Education atWagner College in New York City. He held the Jane Simmons McKimmonProfessorship of Leadership Studies at Peace College in Raleigh,North Carolina.

Stephen D. Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor atthe University of St. Thomas, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Preskill and Bookfield are the coauthors of Discussion as a Wayof Teaching, second edition, from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

The Authors.

1 The Essence of Learning Leadership.

2 Learning to Be Open to the Contributions of Others.

3 Learning Critical Reflection.

4 Learning to Support the Growth of Others.

5 Learning Collective Leadership.

6 Learning to Analyze Experience.

7 Learning to Question.

8 Learning Democracy.

9 Learning to Sustain Hope in the Face of Struggle.

10 Learning to Create Community.

11 Appraising and Modeling Learning Leadership.

References.

Index.

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