Edited By Carrie Rogers, Kofi Lomotey and Adriel Hilton
Afterword (Arnetha Ball)
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Finally, a book that brings our conceptions of leadership into the realities of the twenty-first century. This volume serves to remind us that, although we typically think of an educational leader as a man or woman who has a formal leadership role and title, such as the principal, headmaster, dean, president, provost, chancellor, other individuals demonstrate leadership capacity. Just when we need it most, we are reminded by this volume, of what Henry Ford said, “you don’t have to hold a position to be a leader” (Moore, 2003, p. 42). Leadership is not even “about a title or a designation. It is about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire,” as Robin S. Sharma (n.d.) reminds us. John Quincy Adams (n.d.) added an important notation to this chain of thought when he said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Most important, at this critical time in our nation’s history, it is important to note that “Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation” (Sinek, n.d.).
In other words, this volume is about individuals and groups of individuals who serve in leadership roles within educational institutions, though they do not hold official leadership titles, and it is also about...
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