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Foreword by Michael Fullan Preface A Focus on Leadership Resilience Orientation to This Book Follow-Up Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction Life Is Hard Learning Resilience Sustaining Your Practice of Leadership Resilience Be a Good Soul Part I. The Exceptional Nature of Leadership Resilience Chapter 1. Bounce Forward The Outcomes of Leadership Resilience Ordinary Resilience Leadership Resilience The Requirements of Leadership: What Makes Leadership Resilience More Challenging The Stresses of Educational Leadership: Neither Rare Nor Unusual Moving on to Chapter 2: A Model of Leadership Resilience Chapter 2. A Model of Leadership Resilience The Leadership Resilience Model Key Assumptions of the Leadership Resilience Model Benefits of the Leadership Resilience Model Using the Model: A Disciplined Practice Part II. Enabling Capacities of Leadership Resilience Chapter 3. Relationships: Surround Yourself With Good Souls A Relationship Inventory How Relationships Make Us Resilient Who Are Your Wilsons? Beware of Non-Resilient Individuals Cultivating the Leadership Resilience-Enabler "Relationships" Resilience as a Social Identity Be a Good Soul Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 4. Resonance A Resonance Inventory A Force Field of Positive Energy How Resonance Enables Resilience Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 5. Renewal A Renewal Inventory How Renewal Enables Leadership Resilience Renewal, Creativity, and Problem Solving On-the-Job Renewal Cultivating Renewal to Enable Resilience Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Part III. Leadership Resilience in Action Introduction to Part III: Leadership Resilience in Action Chapter 6. Stay Calm First Do Nothing Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 7. Carry On Carry On Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 8. Accept the New Reality Adjust Your Perspective Resist Nostalgia Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 9. Want Something More Want Something More Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 10. Instigate Adaptive Action Instigate Adaptive Action Defining Moments and Wise Decisions Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Chapter 11. Reflect & Celebrate Personal Reflection and Celebration Pathways to Personal and Organizational Reflection and Celebration Summary Activities and Questions for Study Groups and Teams Part IV. Leading Organizational Resilience Chapter 12. Organizational Resilience Risks and Opportunities Becoming a Resilient Organization The Resilience Risk Rubric: A Tool to Introduce Innovative Disruption The Resilience Risk Rubric Chapter 13. A Final Word: Forgive Yourself Every Day Appendix: Films, Music, and Literature to Conjure Up Ideas About Leadership Resilience Films Music Literature and Poetry References Index

About the Author

Elle Allison, Founder of Wisdom Out specializes in leadership development and organizational learning. Dr. Allison works with leaders, aspiring leaders, senior leadership teams, school teams and leadership coaches, to teach them the strategies, practices and tools they need to increase their organization's capacity for sustainable change. Elle has been a teacher, principal, supervisor of school improvement, assistant superintendent, educational consultant and leadership coach. She earned her PhD. in Organizational Learning, from the University of New Mexico. She is a graduate of the National Staff Development's Council's Academy and is a member of the National Speaker's Association. She is author of several books and articles on leadership renewal and resilience and on leadership coaching, including Flywheel, published by Corwin in 2013. Elle lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband Len and her 16 year old Vizsla dog named "Ole.'" For customized workshops, leadership academies and boot camps, and keynotes contact Elle at elle@wisdomout.com. To register for the Wisdom Out newsletter and monthly complimentary webinars, please visit www.WisdomOut.com.


"I loved this book! The need for resiliency is there for anyone in a leadership position, and this book provides the reader with tips and techniques on how to maintain that resiliency." -- Dr. Robert A. Frick, Retired Superintendent
"Elle Napolitano has written the quintessential book on educational leadership. Grounded in theory, drawn from her own experience, and based on numerous interviews with school leaders Napolitano uses cohesive strategies, explicit cases, and an array of inventories designed to help school leaders reflect on their strengths as well as weaknesses. This is a must-read for every administrator." -- Debbie Silver, Corwin Author

"In Bounce Forward: The Extraordinary Resilience of Leadership Elle Allison-Napolitano speaks directly to each reader in a voice full of enthusiasm and spirit. As a result this book on leadership succeeds where many fail in that it actually provides the energy to go along with its strong content. The numerous leadership stories are part of the secret of this book, but, in addition, it's the way in which Elle sits with the reader and speaks with a voice of experience that never loses its 'bounce.' She has been there, and she truly understands the power and the rewards of resilience in leadership. It's rare to read a book on leadership with a smile on your face even as you learn some powerful lessons from the many activities, questions, and tools provided. This is not only a must read, it's a must re-read, and a must practice, and a must share. There is no doubt that we can all use a 'bounce forward' as we provide leadership during these difficult times."

-- Richard Hanzelka, Ph.D, Professor of Education

"Public education's 21st century leaders are being challenged with the daunting task of making America's students college and career competitive in a global society. Leadership resilience is the linchpin of 21st century leadership survival and success. Allison-Napolitano's book is an insightful guide to resilience and is a MUST read for today's leaders and aspiring leaders."

-- Anita Johnson, Executive Director
"As a school administrator how do you stay positive and continually look for ways to improve your school in the face of mounting challenges? After reading this book you will be able to stay positive and take your school to new heights." -- Jim Anderson, Principal
"While reading the section on 'renewal' I was reminded of how important it is to change routines and relish in the beauty of what is around me on a daily basis. I got up from the computer, went on a quick walk in my desert neighborhood. The bonus was seeing a hot air balloon floating overhead! I would have missed it! The balloon reminded me to take a bird's eye perspective on what might seem like vast problems and challenges. Kudos to this author!" -- Dr. Roseanne Lopez, Executive Director of Elementary Education
"Drawing on a wealth of relevant research literature, Dr. Allison provides practical strategies and tools for assessing and building resilience. Supported by case studies that will resonate with educational leaders, she presents a model of resilience as a discipline to be practiced. I highly recommend her book to support both novice and veteran leaders and their teams looking to continually improve individual and organizational capacity to 'bounce forward.'" -- Dr. Pamela Comfort, Associate Superintendent

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