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Discovering Leadership

Discovering Leadership
Designing Your Success

Second Edition
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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
Key features
  • The new edition is available in Sage Vantage, an intuitive learning platform that integrates quality Sage textbook content with assignable multimedia activities and auto-graded assessments to drive student engagement and ensure accountability. Unparalleled in its ease of use and built for dynamic teaching and learning, Vantage offers customizable LMS integration and best-in-class support. Learn more.
  • New Your Why and What for Leading Chapter prompts students to consider their reasons for leading (their “why”) and the world in which they want to lead (their “what”), which together make up their purpose.
  • New DEI by Design sections in every chapter highlight important concepts and integrate them into effective leadership practices, broadening the range of student capacity and efficacy. 
  • New topics and tools to address current issues, such as compassion, empathy, mindfulness, identity, vulnerability, both/and thinking, and crisis leadership.
  • Extensive updates referencing classic and current research add further venues to explore for readers.
  • Two foundational themes emphasized across all chapters of this book:
    • The purposeful design of leadership
    • Developing core competencies to face an unpredictable future
  • Unique design-based framework aligned with the definition of leadership, engages students in the purposeful, mindful design of their own leadership.
  • Practical examples, tools, and an inspirational tone that position students to want to take on leadership roles and continue their leadership learning journey.
  • CORE Attribute Builders consist of engaging, experiential activities that students can actively work on to develop their confidence, optimism, resilience, and engagement.
  • Skill Builder Activities are self-directed activities, tested for learning success in and out of real classrooms, in which students can develop important skills and gain richer understanding of specific concepts.
  • Leadership that Makes a Difference features profile leaders that have had an impact, many of whom students will find unexpected, to broaden students’ conception of who is a leader and what it means to make a difference.
  • Leadership by Design introduces simple yet powerful principles from the design field that leaders can apply to increase their influence and efficacy.
  • A unique section on designing the future highlights cutting-edge topics such as fostering a culture of innovation, entrepreneurial leadership, and seeing the long-term and big picture with sustainability and systems.
  • Myth or Reality? features examine perceptions and misconceptions of leadership and commonly held beliefs through established research and practice.
  • Reflection Questions prompt deeper thinking and discussion about the topics.
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