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Case Studies in Leadership and Adult Development
Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Real World Challenges

ISBN 9780367354589
Published December 20, 2021 by Routledge
228 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book serves as an instructional tool for development of skills related to the organizational leadership of adults. The text offers teaching cases that explicitly partner the leadership and adult development literature bases so readers can work to apply leadership for adult development to real-world scenarios.

Case Studies in Leadership and Adult Development: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Real World Challenges consists of 19 chapters, organized into three parts. Part I includes four chapters drawn from business and industry leaders' experiences encompassing cases from nonprofit, for-profit, and non-governmental agencies. Part II delves into three chapters that focus on the challenges of leading through crisis, including how the Coronavirus pandemic shapes decision making and impacts leadership in both K - 12 and higher education environments. Part III offers a comprehensive view of education through 12 chapters, four of which are drawn from higher education settings. Part III's balance includes cases from elementary, middle, and secondary schools and district-level leadership.

Written for graduate level courses in adult education, each case focuses on at least one major theory from both the leadership and adult development domains. Including questions for discussion and reflection, the book allows students to explore the linkages between leadership theories and adult development theories within the context of real-world scenarios.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eugene T. W. Sanders, Ph.D.;  Introduction to the Collection;  Part I: Business and Nonprofit Leadership for Adult Development;  Introduction to Part I ;  1 Adult Development and Nonprofit Board Leadership:The Clash of Self-Authoring Minds ;  2 Helping a Nonprofit CEO Pivot Her Leadership Style;  3 Exploring the Role of Emotion and Perceptions of Risk When "Leading From the Middle";  4 It’s Time for Transformation! Using Transformational Leadership to Support Transformational Learning and Attract Emerging Leaders;  Part II: Leadership for Adult Development in Crisis Situations;  Introduction to Part II;  5 Responding to School Crises through Compassionate Leadership: A District Leader’s Journey with COVID-19;  6 Higher Education Leadership in an Unprecedented and Uncertain Environment: The Case of a Midwestern Private Institution;  7 Dr. Remote Instruction: Time Constraints and Critical Consciousness in Crisis Leadership;  Part III: Leadership for Adult Development in School Settings;  Introduction to Part III;  8 Activating and Sustaining Motivation for Social Justice Leadership in Secondary Education;  9 Learning Transfer: The Missing Link to Leading the Successful Implementation of Professional Development in Schools;  10 Leading for Transformation? The Decisions of New Coaches Matter;  11 We Can Do This! Transformational Leadership for School Improvement;  12 Because They Are Worth It: Utilizing Servant Leadership to Increase First Generation College Persistence;  13 Using a Feminist Approach to Leadership Education to Promote Coaction Among Women Collegiate Student-Athletes;  14 Visionary and Mission-Minded School Leadership Grounded in Adult Learning Theory;  15 Curriculum and Pedagogy Considerations for Connecting Personal Growth and Leadership Development;  16 Preparing Educators to Lead Professional Learning in P-12 Schools: Applying Research on Leadership Development and Adult Learning;  17 The Gap between Theory and Practice: A Scenario from Higher Education;  18 "I Can’t Hear You": Incorporating Developmentally Appropriate Feedback for Adults in Balkor Elementary Charter School;  19 The Sharpie Incident: Coloring in the Lines and School Policing of Black Hair

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Kristina N. LaVenia teaches and researches leadership for improved organizational outcomes with a special focus on leadership for adult development. Her background as a school counselor informs her educational research and leadership preparation work.

Judy Jackson May is an associate professor of educational administration and leadership, whose research focuses on factors impacting the academic, emotional, and social success of students of color. This lens is strongly informed by her experiences as a former special education teacher, district curriculum coordinator, and urban school principal.


Case Studies in Leadership and Adult Development: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Real World Challenges provides engaging scenarios with rich details for leaders to engage in self-reflection, role-playing, and data analysis. This text is relevant for school administrators, non-profit and business managers, and for university programs in organizational and educational leadership.

Jennifer Groman, PhD, Ashland University

Bravo to LaVenia and May for skillfully applying real world case stories to discover best practices in leading organizations from elementary school to non-governmental agencies. Melding research and practice, the book provides opportunities to develop adult leaders that promote emotional well-being, and compassionate and inclusive leadership through an equitable lens.

Diana R. Patton

Speaker, Consultant, Social Justice Advocate and Attorney

Diana R. Patton Consulting, LLC

Author of Inspiration in My Shoes and This Yogi's Journey


Case Studies in Leadership and Adult Development: Applying Theoretical Perspectives to Real World Challenges is a refreshingly excellent read! District level urban school leaders are facing unprecedented challenges. The book utilizes a variety of cases covering topics from social justice to crises response. Cases are applicable to any leadership role.

Dr. Treva E. Jeffries

Assistant Transformational Leader of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Toledo Public Schools


Even those of us who have "conquered" global markets on Wall Street should keep focus on the need to understand our clients that may be multigenerational and diverse. In the fast-paced tech-based setting, leadership training is not always prioritized, this book serves as a valuable tool for adult leadership development.

Charles Stephen Thompson,

Founder and CEO, Brooklyn Helpdesk, Inc. and

DevOps Software Engineer,

New York, NY