Published in 2020, Leadership in Education: The Power of Generative Dialogue reflects more than 15 years of ongoing research spanning two continents, thousands of classrooms and dozens of school systems by authors Dr. Pamela Adams, Dr. Carmen Mombourquette, and Dr. David Townsend (emeritus) of the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education. Generative dialogue is the mechanism that drives generative leadership, a way of leading discovered by the researchers to quickly promote extensive and sustained growth within learning communities.
The authors refer to these leaders as provocateurs. Through skilled questioning that affirms and strengthens respect, trust, and collaboration, generative leaders empower educators to take control of their learning by provoking reflection on areas of strength and areas of desired growth. The provocative nature of their inquiry is likened to introducing a grain of sand into an oyster shell—at first slightly disruptive, but with the potential to transform into pearls.
The book, which includes case studies, key activities, resource materials, and suggested readings walks readers through how to enact generative leadership using the skills of generative dialogue.
An accompanying website includes a series of learning videos. While an ideal resource for administrators as well as Education and Leadership students across North America, Australia and the United Kingdom, Adams points out the text holds value for others as well.
Every teacher is a leader, informally or formally,” she says. “In the classroom, in the staff room, on committees, on parent advisory councils. All can benefit from the skills of generative dialogue.”
Published by Canadian Scholars' Press.
For more information on the publication, Leadership in Education: The Power of Generative Dialogue click here.
For further reading of the article, A Generative Approach to Leadership for All Educators click here.
Writer: Elizabeth McLachlan | Photograph supplied by Canadian Scholars' Press
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