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Resilient School Leaders: Strategies for Turning Adversity Into Achievement


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Resilient School Leaders answers a fundamental question: “How can leaders move ahead in the face of adversity?” Every education leader faces difficult situations and seemingly impossible odds. Where do they find the confidence and energy to keep working for what they believe in, despite setbacks and opposition?

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Optimism in the Face of the Storm

Optimism and Pessimism in Action

Be Clear About What Matters Most

Act on the Courage of Your Convictions

About the authors

Jerry L. Patterson is a professor of leadership studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his more than 30 years of experience as an educator, he has served as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, elementary school principal, and high school teacher. Patterson has authored seven nationally recognized books, including two published by ASCD, Productive School Systems for a Nonrational World (1986) and Leadership for Tomorrow's Schools (1993). He has also published more than two dozen articles in professional journals.

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