Thriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education
Thriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education, edited by Karen A. Longman, is divided into three sections: “The Interior Life of Thriving Leaders,” followed by “The Social Intelligence of Thriving Leaders” – which focuses on the relational side of leadership, and “How Leaders Can Shape a Thriving Organizational Culture.” The book is featured on the website of Abilene Christian University Press (see http://www.acupressbooks.com/)
Thriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education, edited by Karen A. Longman, includes contributions by 16 other senior leaders in Christ-centered colleges and universities across North America. This compilation represents an engaging introduction to leadership approaches and strategies in Christian higher education, designed to strengthen the leaders of today and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.
What People Are Saying:
“Here is a book on leadership that is practical and spiritual, grounded and inspiring. These essays by seasoned leaders in the academy shed light on ‘secrets hidden in plain sight’ that all academic leaders should find of lasting value: the importance of ‘showing up’ as a whole person; the centrality of tenacious relationships; the vital role of rich, transformative conversations with all stakeholders; and the courage it takes to lead in ways that do not always conform to our cultural model assumptions about how leaders should act. I hope this book will gain a wide audience in and out of Christian higher education. Its hard-won and well-tested insights can help campus leaders of every sort navigate the tricky terrain that higher education travels today.”
—Parker J. Palmer, author of Healing and the Heart of Democracy, The Courage to Teach, and Let Your Life Speak
—Alec Hill, president of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA
“Rooted in lived experience, these leaders have shaped a compelling narrative of what leadership has been, is now, and should be in the future. This volume, which contributes greatly to the field of higher educational leadership, will be an invaluable resource for my own leadership team.”
“This book shows that not only has a new generation arrived, but they also have much wisdom to teach all of us about kingdom leadership!”
“Karen Longman has assembled an impressive group of leaders who have contributed significantly to Christ-centered higher education with this collection of theory-based, research-laced essays loaded with anecdotal stories and practical advice ready for real-life application. This volume should become a well-worn reference book in the libraries of leaders and students of leadership alike.”
“The challenges of our country and our world call for gifted individuals to provide insightful and competent leadership. This encouraging yet provocative book draws from the leadership well of such gifted leaders, offering fresh insights that can benefit readers across the non-profit and for-profit spectrum. The role of Christian higher education can and should model the way for exemplary mission-driven leadership. Reading this book will give you practical lessons that will benefit the kingdom in all your spheres of influence.”
Thriving in Leadership will be released August 7, 2012 by ACU Press.