Leading in a Culture of Change
February 2007, Jossey-Bass
--Tom Vander Ark, executive director, Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
"Fullan articulates clearly the core values and practices of
leadership required at all levels of the organization. Using
specific examples, he convinces us that the key change principles
are equally critical for leadership in business and education
--John Evans, chairman, Torstar Corporation
"In Leading in a Culture of Change, Michael Fullan deftly
combines his expertise in school reform with the latest insights in
organizational change and leadership. The result is a compelling
and insightful exposition on how leaders in any setting can bring
about lasting, positive, systemic change in their
--John Alexander, president, Center for Creative Leadership
"Michael Fullan's work is remarkable. He masterfully captures
how leaders can significantly improve their learning and
performance, even in the uncontrollable, chaotic circumstances in
which they practice. A tour de force."
--Anthony Alvarado, chancellor of instruction, San Diego City Schools
"Too often schools and businesses are seen as separate and
foreign places. Michael Fullan blends the best of knowledge from
each into an exemplary template for improving leadership in
--Terrence E. Deal, coauthor of Leading with Soul
Business, nonprofit, and public sector leaders are facing new and daunting challenges--rapid-paced developments in technology, sudden shifts in the marketplace, and crisis and contention in the public arena. If they are to survive in this chaotic environment, leaders must develop the skills they need to lead effectively no matter how fast the world around them is changing.
Leading in a Culture of Change offers new and seasoned leaders' insights into the dynamics of change and presents a unique and imaginative approach for navigating the intricacies of the change process. Michael Fullan--an internationally acclaimed expert in organizational change--shows how leaders in all types of organizations can accomplish their goals and become exceptional leaders. He draws on the most current ideas and theories on the topic of effective leadership, incorporates case examples of large scale transformation, and reveals a remarkable convergence of powerful themes or, as he calls them, the five core competencies.
By integrating the five core competencies--attending to a broader moral purpose, keeping on top of the change process, cultivating relationships, sharing knowledge, and setting a vision and context for creating coherence in organizations--leaders will be empowered to deal with complex change. They will be transformed into exceptional leaders who consistently mobilize their compatriots to do important and difficult work under conditions of constant change.
About the Authors ix
ONE The Five Components of Change Leadership 1
TWO Moral Purpose 11
THREE Understanding Change 39
FOUR Building Relationships 77
F I V E Creating and Sharing Knowledge 115
S I X Making Coherence 159
SEVEN Learning the Leadership 185
Appendix: Writings by Well-Known Authors Support the
Concepts Presented in Leading in a Culture of Change 221
Michael Fullan, Professor of Policy Studies and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, is recognized as an international authority on educational reform. He is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluation of change projects around the world. His books have been published in many languages. He is coauthor of the What's Worth Fighting For trilogy, author of the Changes Forces trilogy, and author of The New Meaning of Educational Change, Third Edition.
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