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Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership
Designing Your Success

Second Edition

February 2023 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Discovering Leadership: Designing Your Success, Second Edition guides students to purposefully design their leadership skillset to solve problems and inspire others to work towards a common vision. The text uses the CORE™ framework—an acronym for Confidence, Optimism, Resilience, and Engagement, along with practical applications and activities in every chapter, to focus on the essential skills for leadership success. Specific chapters focus on the design process and design thinking, significantly enhancing creative problem-solving and innovation. Students are asked to evaluate their personal beliefs and values of leadership, develop their leadership goals, and delve into their purpose for leading. Regardless of their background or major, students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to become transformative, successful leaders.

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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

"Content was condensed and updated to include relevant issues faced during the pandemic, such as supply chain management."

Cris Wells
Arizona State University

"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