Review: Learning as a Way of Leading: Lessons from the Struggle for Social Justice

Learning as a Way of Leading: Lessons from the Struggle for Social Justice Learning as a Way of Leading: Lessons from the Struggle for Social Justice by Stephen Preskill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Preskill and Brookfield examine the concept of leadership and reframe successful and meaningful leadership as a means and willingness to learn. They then explore how that frame of leader as learner plays out in different ways of learning (learning by asking others, learning by critical self-reflection, learning by sharing responsibilities and power, etc), the challenges with each way, and an iconic leader that has embraced that way. While the book's main chapters can feel formulaic, the ideas are still powerful and I appreciated their different approach to leading. For those in higher education, the merits of this book are perfect but even beyond that, I think that if a leader were to reframe his or her work as an active learner, it might mean more positive changes within organizations and communities as it creates more possibility for leaders to change or adjust their views rather than mindless holding fast. For those interested in rethinking their leadership style or thinking about how their learning might be extended into the realm of leadership, this is a great read.

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