Total Leaders 2.0: Leading in the Age of Empowerment

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Charles Schwann and William Spady have expanded the concepts in Total leaders (1998) to provide the insights and strategies of Total Leaders 2.0 and Learning Communities 2.0.

Total Leaders 2.0 is the twenty-first century's quick guide to leadership and successful change. It places the best thinking of several dozen cutting-edge leadership and change gurus of the past two decades into an integrated, compelling, easily understood, and practical leadership framework: the Total Leaders 2.0 model. The model's five domains and fifteen performance roles enable leaders in any field to systematically address the challenges of organizational change in today's technologically driven, dramatically changing world-what the book's first two chapters vividly describe as the Age of Empowerment. This new edition of the widely read Total Leaders both significantly deepens the theoretical grounding and applicability of the original TL model and expands its connection to other significant dimensions of leadership, professionalism, personal empowerment, learning, life, and change. This book provides education leaders with a powerful outside-the-box perspective on today's pressing educational issues and a systematic process-strategic design-for moving their organizations from an Industrial Age grounding to an Age of Empowerment way of educating for the twenty-first century.

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Editorial Reviews

School Administrator
AASA veterans will, no doubt, remember Chuck Schwahn and Bill Spady from the outcome-based education wars of the mid-1990's. Total Leaders 2.0: Leading in the Age of Empowerment is a 10-years-after-NCLB update of their Total Leaders book of 1998….The details are in the work of daily leadership, and the authors lay out the model's five domains and 15 performance roles. While there is not a lot here that an experienced superintendent has not heard before, bringing these ideas together into one framework is helpful, both in implementing key actions in a district and in conceptualizing them in leadership development classes.
Dan Domenech
Total Leaders 2.0 and Learning Communities 2.0 present practical solutions that will help both new and experienced educational leaders to transform their school systems.
Ralph Jasparra
The authors have written the best book on educational leadership that I have read. This will be required reading for all of our doctoral students. What impresses me most is the "big picture" approach that they present in the book. It puts educational leadership in context for what is happening in the world.
Bill Adams
A must-read for both aspiring and successful, experienced school leaders.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607095316
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 985,715
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles J. Schwahn has been a serious student of leadership theory and practice for all of his professional career. In addition to his successful tenure as a school superintendent, he has consulted with organizations throughout North America for more than thirty years on the topics of leadership, change, future-focusing, and strategic design. William G. Spady has been a major catalyst and leader of educational change efforts in North America and abroad for over forty years. His vision of and commitment to elevating and transforming our entrenched Industrial Age paradigm of education is boldly stated in his seven books and countless published papers.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Chapter 1 Welcome to Empowermentland! 1

Chapter 2 Living on the Edge in Empowermentland 15

Chapter 3 Leadership, Change, and Character: Joined at the Hip 25

Chapter 4 Total Leaders-Then and Now 45

Chapter 5 Gearing Up for Your 2.0 Strategic Design 67

Chapter 6 Setting Your 2.0 Strategic Direction 83

Chapter 7 Implementing Your 2.0 Strategic Alignment 115

Epilogue 145

Supporting Resources 151

About the Authors 155

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