Navigating Complexities in Leadership

Moving Toward Critical Hope

Edited by:
Kathy L. Guthrie, Florida State University
Kerry L. Priest, Kansas State University

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives on Leadership Learning. Editor(s): Kathy L. Guthrie, Florida State University.

Published 2022

Navigating Complexities in Leadership: Moving Towards Critical Hope emerged in response to the confluence of complexities experienced by leadership educators and practitioners amidst global pandemics. It is a guide for those seeking to learn through critical perspectives, and seek more agile, responsive tools for navigating complexity, change, and disruption. The audience for the book ranges from new and entry-level leadership educators to senior scholars in higher education.

This book frames leadership learning and development as a process of adaptive action in complex systems. It brings to light patterns of complexity in current times through the lens of educators and practitioners in higher education. Readers are invited to actively engage with the text from an inquiry stance. Through curiosity, shared exploration, self-reflection we hope readers will discover patterns and insight that resonate and challenge their own experiences, find energy to engage the complexities being faced, and build adaptive capacity to live, work, teach, and lead in critical hope and possibility. The book concludes with questions and considerations that allow educators and practitioners to reflect on their own roles and contexts and move towards critical hope in navigating the complexities we will continue to face.

Acknowledgments. Parting the Clouds: Navigating Complexity in Leadership, Kerry L. Priest and Kathy L. Guthrie. PART I: EXPANDING DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP FRAMES. Raising Consciousness in Paradigm Interplay in Leadership, Chelsea D. Shore. Tensions in Sustainability Leadership, Rian Satterwhite, Katherine Sheridan, and Whitney McIntyre Miller. Preparing Leadership Activity at the Intersection of Life and Politics, Brandon W. Kliewer. Reflections on Bad Leadership in Complex Times, O’Juan Edwards. Expanding the Scope of Scholarship in Leadership Education, Martinella Dryburgh, Elizabeth Goryunova, Carol Clyde Gallagher, Trent Grundmeyer, and Cristina de Mello e Souza Wildermuth. PART II: LEADERSHIP PRACTICE IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Emergent Strategy: A Tool for Transforming Leadership in Higher Education, Ciera Fluker. Power of the People: Higher Education and Followership in the Time of Mass Media, Cassandra R. Kepple. Emerging Engagement and Leadership During Complex Times, Marissa Mainwood. Making the World Your Classroom: Observation as a Pedagogical Tool for Leadership Learning, Brittany Devies. PART III: HIGHER EDUCATION AS A PARTNER IN LEADERSHIP PRACTICE. Considerations for Community Engagement in Complex Times, Julie B. LeBlanc. Agriculture and Rural Communities: Leadership Learning and Implications for Higher Education, Susan Metzger and Russell Plaschka. Integrating Leadership Frameworks to Diagnose and Address the Challenge of Health Equity, Mac T. Benavides, Saya Kakim, and Jurdene Coleman. PART IV: IDENTITY. From #BlackLivesMatter to Critical Hope: Reflecting on Socially Just Leadership in Higher Education, Jesse R. Ford and Brandy S. Propst. Unpacking the Influence of Leadership Tax on Black Women, Brittany Brewster. The Risks of Being a Student Athlete Leader in the Midst of Social Unrest, Sherrina S. Lofton. Cultivating a Systems Mindset Through Feminist Leadership, Brittany Devies and Julie E. Owen. Critical Approaches to Gender Equity in Leadership Development and Practice, R. J. Youngblood, Tess Hobson, and Roberta Maldonado Franzen. PART V: GLOBAL CONTEXT. Leading With a Global Mindset, Yang Li. International Student Leadership Development: Honoring Cultural Identities to Create Inclusive Environments, Pei Hu. Grassroots Movements in Senegal to Grow Critical Hope: Lessons for Higher Education, Trisha Gott, Mary Tolar, Salif Kanoute, and Seydi Ndiaye. #EndSars: Illuminating Leadership Within a Leaderless Movement, Onyedikachi Ekwerike. Seeing the Sunlight: Critical Hope for the Future, Kathy L. Guthrie and Kerry L. Priest. About the Editors. About the Contributors.