Transformative Leadership

A Reader

by Carolyn M. Shields (Volume editor)
©2012 Textbook VI, 395 Pages
Series: Counterpoints, Volume 409


This important, timely, and thought-provoking reader is a collection of original chapters by authors from five different countries, each of whom explores a facet of transformative leadership. Transformative leadership is fundamentally a critical approach to leadership that goes well beyond the tenets of most current leadership theories to focus on social transformation as the basis for both individual and collective achievement. The text clarifies and elaborates the concept, linking it to other theories including ways of thinking about curriculum and pedagogy to prepare leaders for a more transformative role. Transformative Leadership: A Reader provides examples of studies conducted using the lens of transformative leadership as well as of research re-analyzed through its perspective.


VI, 395
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Transformative leadership transformative leadership social justice diversity inclusion transformation curriculum pedagogy
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2011. VI, 395 pp., 1 table

Biographical notes

Carolyn M. Shields (Volume editor)

Carolyn M. Shields is Dean of the College of Education at Wayne State University. She has worked at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Utah. She is past president of the Canadian Association for Studies in Educational Administration, and a fellow of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management. Her teaching and research are in the area of transformative leadership, deep democracy, equitable policy, social justice, and research methodology and focus on how educational leaders can create learning environments that prepare students for excellence and citizenship in our global society. These interests are reflected in hundreds of presentations and publications including seven books. She has been recognized for her teaching and her career contributions to the field of educational leadership.


Title: Transformative Leadership