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Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership
Designing Your Success

January 2019 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

An introductory leadership textbook that guides students through the concept of leadership by design, a theory that involves planning each step of their leadership development, focusing on practical skills and valuable attributes that will maximize their leadership success now and into the future.


Organized around five major design challenges, each challenge is explored in a stand-alone module. Students begin the leadership journey with themselves, understanding their own strengths, styles, and skills. The text moves on to relationships, exploring how leadership is a process that involves values, decision-making, motivation, and power. A module on others’ success unpacks the most effective practices of leadership and management, this is followed by a module on leading culture, teams, and community, before concluding with a section on how leaders can create lasting, positive change.


The book covers foundational leadership topics with a strong emphasis on skill building and helping develop CORE competencies: confidence, optimism, resiliency, and engagement. Students are encouraged to develop these skills through experiential learning, with multiple features in each chapter such as reflective and scenario-based exercises, and case studies of internationally recognized companies like Amazon and Proctor & Gamble, along with interviews with Fortune 500 Company CEOs.


There are online resources for instructors and students, which include: Test bank, PowerPoint slides, an instructor manual, teaching tips, answers to in-text questions, multimedia resources, quiz questions, and flashcards.

Suitable reading for first and second year undergraduates on Leadership, Introduction to Leadership, and Leading Organizations courses

Chapter 1. A Framework for Leadership Success: Design and Your CORE
Chapter 2. Designing Your Perceptions of Leaders and Leadership
Chapter 3. Designing Your Leadership Capacity
Chapter 4. Your Values and Ethical Actions
Chapter 5. Design Thinking and Brain Leading
Chapter 6. Decision-Making
Chapter 7. Influence, Power, and Motivation
Chapter 8. Creativity, Problem-Solving, and Idea-Generating
Chapter 9. Effective Practices for Leading Others to Success
Chapter 10. Utilizing Change Processes Effectively
Chapter 11. Culture
Chapter 12. Leading a Team
Chapter 13. Designing a Culture That Cares
Chapter 14. Creating a Culture of Innovation by Jules Bruck, PhD
Chapter 15. Entrepreneurial Leadership by Tony Middlebrooks, PhD, and Dan Freeman, PhD
Chapter 16. Systems and Sustainability


Instructor Teaching Site

Instructor Teaching Site (Password Protected)

SAGE edge for Instructors, supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students. 

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Multimedia Resources that include meaningful web links to facilitate further exploration of topics covered in the reading.
  • Instructor Manual containing lecture notes, teaching tips, answers to text questions, and additional activities.
Student Study Site

Student Study Site (Open Access)

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Chapter summaries with learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Multimedia Resources that include meaningful web links to facilitate further exploration of topics covered in the reading.

The text written by these authors give precise detail and include information that is fairly new and relevant. However, the authorized persons responsible for the final decision prefer to continue with Northouse as the main resource for this course.

Mr Travis Mishoe Sudler
Educational Admin, Delaware State University
November 21, 2019

Will be a promising text for courses with a scholar-practitioner focus.

Dr Malcolm North
Leadership Studies, University Of Central Arkansas
October 1, 2019

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