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Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership
Designing Your Success

Second Edition

June 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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The LMS cartridge makes it easy to import this title’s instructor resources into your learning management system (LMS). These resources include:
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  • All tables and figures from the textbook
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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

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ISBN: 9781071866986