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The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis


reviewed by Madeline M. Hafner — 2003

coverTitle: The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis
Author(s): Richard H. Ackerman and Pat Maslin-Ostrowski
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787961108 , Pages: 161, Year: 2002
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The Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis (2002), a recently published book by Richard Ackerman and Pat Maslin-Ostrowski, asks educational leaders to reflect on personal and profound questions - ones they are not likely to have been asked in a formal interview or performance evaluation.  Ackerman, co-director of the International Network of Principals’ Centers and Associate Professor of education at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School of Education, and Maslin-Ostrowski, an Associate Professor of educational leadership at Florida Atlantic University, have spent the past seven years asking school leaders about “wounding” or “crisis” experiences in their leadership practice, and how they make sense of this wounding in terms of their personal and professional lives.      The book’s 12 chapters are separated conceptually into three main sections:  first, an introduction to the concept of “woundedness,” second, stories of “wounded” school leaders, and third, an interpretation of how “woundedness” informs the everyday practice of school leadership and the preparation of school leaders. The authors emphasize clearly that the goal of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 549-556
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11020, Date Accessed: 8/23/2014 9:22:04 AM

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  • Madeline Hafner
    University of Utah
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    MADELINE HAFNER is an assistant professor at the University of Utah. Recent publications include "Moving beyond “good/bad” student accountability measures: Multiple perspectives of accountability" in the Journal of School Leadership with Colleen A. Capper and Maureen W. Keyes, and "The Role of Community in Spiritually Centered Leadership for Justice" - a book chapter with Colleen A. Capper and Maureen W. Keyes in the forthcoming book School as Community: From Promise to Practice edited by Gail Furman-Brown. Her research interests include equity issues across areas of gender, race, and disability labels; leadership for social justice; and spirituality and leadership. She is particularly interested in how feminist and postmodern theoretical frameworks inform the practice of school leadership. Currently she is involved in research projects focusing on the decision making process of women school leaders and the prevalence of white racism in the spirituality and leadership literature.
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