In this book, Patterson, Goens, and Reed draw upon resilience research and best practices to answer the question: 'How can leaders move ahead in the face of adversity?' This book benefits leaders who have confronted adversity in the past, struggle with adversity right now, or will likely encounter setbacks in the future. Leaders find concrete, how-to strategies for strengthening leadership skills in turbulent times in every chapter. Resilient Leadership for Turbulent Times aims to help leaders thrive in the face of adversity with the inclusion of the Leader Resilience Profile' (LRP)_an instrument developed by Patterson and others to measure a leader's resilience in twelve categories. Readers are invited to complete the LRP and then apply the strategies outlined in each chapter to strengthen their leader resilience.
Jerry Patterson, the author of ten nationally recognized books on leadership and resilience, as well as numerous articles in leading professional journals, is the nation's leading authority on leadership resilience. Patterson is currently professor of leadership studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has served as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, curriculum director, elementary school principal, and high school teacher. Patterson has conducted workshops and presentations to over 20,000 educators and other leaders in the USA, and internationally he has trained educational leaders in Slovakia, Israel, Nepal, Ecuador, Spain, and Canada. George A. Goens has worked as a consultant with public and private sector organizations on leadership selection, development, and assessment. He has written three books and published over 55 articles in professional journals and the mass media on leadership, change, and education. He also served as a superintendent of schools. Diane Reed is an associate professor and codirector of the Graduate Leadership Department at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. Reed has been a school superintendent, assistant superintendent, elementary school principal, middle school English teacher, and elementary teacher and is a member of the governing board of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), past chair of the New York State Association of Women in Administration (NYSAWA), and past president-elect of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS).