Unleash the power of the leadership-brain connection!
Aligning leadership with current research on human intelligence, this guide provides school leaders with a visionary framework for understanding how mindful leadership significantly impacts growth and achievement in school communities. This updated edition of Connecting Leadership to the Brain is reorganized into three major parts, presents a greater focus on core concepts, and offers an expanded, reader-friendly chapter format. Readers will find:
Specific examples on how to link knowledge about the nature of intelligence to standard leadership practice
Structured reflection exercises that connect specific content to personal context
Graphic illustrations that support the narrative content
Michael Dickmann is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and the Leadership Center at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also serves as a leadership, learning, and development consultant to education, corporate, and service organizations. He is coauthor (with Nancy Stanford-Blair) of Leading With the Brain in Mind: 101 Brain-Compatible Practices for Leaders (Corwin Press 2003) and the second edition of Mindful Leadership (Corwin Press 2008). Nancy Stanford-Blair is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and the Leadership Center at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also serves as a leadership, learning, and development consultant to education, corporate, and service organizations.
Preface to the Second Edition: A Refined Framework Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction: Tightening the Connection Perception of Connection How the Book Unfolds Your Role Part 1. Breaking Through 1. A Louis Moment Louis's Moment Breakthrough Happens Shift Follows A Mindful Moment Summary Observations Reader Reflection 2. A New Sense of Nature What's a Brain For? An Intriguing Matter A Definition in Progress A Revealing Moment Summary Observations Reader Reflection 3. A New Sense of Leadership Of Assumed Value Familiar But Elusive Basic in Nature Influenced by Context Theorized in Context Primed to Evolve Summary Observations Reader Reflection 4. A Mindful Framework The Mindful Connection The Meaning of Mindful The Means to be Mindful Attention to Information Articulation of Perception Application to Practice Adjustment From Experience Summary Observations Reader Reflection Part 2. Minding Revelation 5. Physiological Nature The Physiological Base The Gist of It Essence Implications Reader Reflection 6. Social Nature Getting to Know You and Me and We The Gist of It Essence Implications Reader Reflection 7. Emotional Nature This Emotional Life The Gist of It Essence Implications Reader Reflection 8. Constructive Nature Genius The Gist of It Essence Implications Reader Reflection 9. Reflective Nature Imagine The Gist of It Essence Implications Reader Reflection 10. Dispositional Nature Disposition Fair and Foul The Gist of It Essence Implications Reader Reflection Part 3. Following Through 11. Mindful Leadership The Mindful Leader Mindful Purpose Mindful Attention Mindful Articulation Mindful Application Mindful Adjustment Mindful Conclusions Summary Observations Reader Reflection 12. Mindful Shift Confronting the Box Pushing Perception Stepping Out Summary Observations Reader Reflection Glossary References Index