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Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership
Designing Your Success

Second Edition

February 2023 | 608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success, Second Edition is a comprehensive practice-based introduction to leadership that can help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for leadership success. The book is designed to align with a simple but powerful definition of leadership and focuses on five key areas: designing self, designing relationships, designing others' success, designing culture, and designing the future.

Each chapter includes practical applications of leadership theory and research that are essential for leadership success. Beyond the basics, Discovering Leadership prepares students for unpredictable future challenges by building their CORE™—Confidence, Optimism, Resilience, and Engagement—and enriching their skillset with unique value-add topics. These value-add topics include creative processes and techniques, design principles and design thinking, fostering innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and systems and sustainability. This significantly enhances understanding and potential for future impact. The conversational tone, extensive activities, and exciting features make the book engaging and inspiring for students from any background or major.

By reading Discovering Leadership, students can develop the leadership knowledge and skills necessary to position themselves and their organizations for success.

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Chapter 1: A Framework for Leadership Success: Design and Your CORE™
Module 1: Design Leadership Self
Chapter 2: Designing Your Perceptions of Leaders and Leadership
Chapter 3: Designing Your Leadership Capacity
Chapter 4 Your Why and What for Leading
Module 2: Design Leadership Relationships
Chapter 5: Your Values and Ethical Actions
Chapter 6: Decision-Making
Chapter 7: Influence, Power, and Motivation
Module 3: Design Others’ Success
Chapter 8: Creativity, Problem-Solving, and Idea-Generating
Chapter 9: Effective Practices for Leading Others to Success
Chapter 10: Utilizing Change Processes Effectively
Module 4: Design Culture and Community
Chapter 11 Culture
Chapter 12 Leading a Team
Chapter 13 Designing a Culture that Cares
Module 5: Design the Future
Chapter 14 Creating a Culture of Innovation
Chapter 15: Entrepreneurial Leadership
Chapter 16 Systems and Sustainability


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"This book teaches students how to literally build their leadership from within and expand it to the world around them to create and manage change. I like that it begins with individual then grows into relationships, others, community, etc."

Jenny Kuzmic
Ohio State University

"Relevant and useful. I thought that Middlebrooks was masterful in conveying an operational definition of leadership. Also, the first chapter provided the reader with a blueprint and foreshadowing of the entire book."

Gregory Warren
Chapman University

"The contents are well planned, and the content/reading level is appropriate for an undergraduate leadership course. This book includes a greater focus on culture, creativity and decision making."

Amy L. Everitt
Salem State University

"I discovered a leadership text which discusses the nuances of design thinking and leadership within the context of change/improvement."

John C. Hill
University of Kentucky

"A significant overview view of modern leadership theory and practice in language that is understandable and a format that is interactive and engaging."

Samuel S. Hemby
Southeastern University

Anthony E. Middlebrooks

Tony Middlebrooks, Ph.D. creates tools, explores and teaches at the intersection of leadership, innovation, creativity and design as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs for Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware. Dr. Middlebrooks has created and taught more than 35 different courses for all collegiate levels, as well as numerous experiential abroad programs. He presently teaches leadership theory and practice, decision-making, creativity and innovation, and social entrepreneurship. He received both the University of Delaware Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Advising Awards, and regularly helps... More About Author

Scott J. Allen

Dr. Scott J. Allen is the Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University, where he is an Associate Professor. He teaches courses in leadership, management, executive communication, and the future of work. He has published more than 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He presents at academic conferences and has written four books. His most recent book is Captovation: Online Presentations by Design. Outside his academic endeavors, Scott speaks, consults, coaches leaders, facilitates workshops, and leads retreats across industries. More About Author

Mindy Sue McNutt

Mindy S. McNutt, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Leadership at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She earned her B.A. in Communication, M.S. in Personnel Counseling, and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Wright State; and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University.  Currently she teaches in all three leadership programs at Wright State, the undergraduate program in Organizational Leadership, the Master of Science in Leadership Development, and the Doctorate in Organizational Studies. Dr. McNutt has engaged in leadership curriculum development for over 30 years for high school... More About Author

James L. Morrison

Dr. Morrison is currently a professor of Organizational and Community Leadership in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. His research interest focuses on issues surrounding senior leadership accountability. Currently, he is researching the effectiveness of CEOs in preparing for the possibility of a natural disaster. He has published two books and over 80 manuscripts in a variety of professional journals. In addition, Dr. Morrison has presented over 90 papers at regional, national, and international conferences. He is currently serving on 3 refereed editorial boards for academic journals... More About Author

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