Peopled Leadership is a new dynamic model aimed at creating new leaders and new futures. It is people centric and people oriented with a focus on developing and empowering others, serving with humility, and expressing gratitude. Peopled Leadership provides the much-needed shift from accountability and outcomes focused driven leadership behaviors to behaviors that focus on people, while assuring accountability and organizational improvement. Peopled Leadership is a model which orients a leader’s focus on people and their commitment to the people, organizations, communities, and institutions they serve. This new model empowers others to lead, be innovative, engage in collaboration, solve complex problems, and further outcomes. The result of Peopled Leadership is the transformation of people and the transformation of practices that mitigate the complexities intrinsic to peopled organizations.
R. Stewart Mayers is professor/chair, Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and serves as Director of Teacher Education. He is co-author (with Sally Zepeda and Brad Benson) of The Call to Teacher Leadership and (with Sally Zepeda) of Supervision Across the Curriculum. His research is focused on general leadership, and legal issues in school, particularly social media speech and transgender issues.
Jennifer M. Anderson is an educational leader with more than 23 years of experience serving schools, institutions of higher education and government agencies. Her experiences vary from teaching, research, school leadership, accreditation, assessment, evaluation, strategic planning, and leadership coaching and development. Her research interests include data literacy, education equity and opportunity, policy development and impacts at the local and state level, positive cultures of accountability, and program and student assessment.
Todd Williams is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Instruction and Leadership at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Southeaster, Dr. Williams spent 30 years as a professional educator, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and, for the last 16 years as a school superintendent. His experience as a superintendent includes a rural district, a suburban district, and a large, diverse urban district.
Chapter 1: Peopled Leadership: Why this model is essential for 21st century leaders
Chapter 2: Peopled Leadership: People Oriented
Chapter 3: Peopled Leadership: People Empowered
Chapter 4: People Transformed Leadership
Chapter 5: Peopled Leaders and Building Community: Putting it All Together
Chapter 6: Peopled Leadership and Positive Accountability
My father, the late Stephen R Covey, used to say, “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.” I have always believed this to be true and that is why I am so fascinated with this new book from Mayers, Anderson, and Williams called Peopled Leadership: Growing People and Transforming Organizations. Within these timely pages, these academic authors brilliantly reveal how qualities like trust, transparency, collaboration, knowledge, listening and gratitude are essential to help people build relationships and become leaders. Filled with educational case studies and thought-provoking questions, this book prioritizes the most important aspects of true leadership on both a personal and organizational level. An excellent read.
In Peopled Leadership: Growing People and Transforming Organizations, R. Stewart Mayers and his colleagues present a much-needed view of what it takes to lead schools—transparency, risk-taking, and collaboration. Through thoughtful analysis authors Mayers, Anderson, and Williams bring hope and optimism required now more than ever. Readers will be inspired by the messages built on trust, courage, empathy, and the absolute necessity to be a responsible and peopled leader. This is a book that I unconditionally recommend and will consult regularly.
Educational Leadership in the 21st century is night and day different than it was when I first started my career as an administrator. Today’s educational leader must be people oriented, value their people’s views, and empower them to be shared decision makers. It will always be the people transformed that make the biggest impact. This book shows leaders explains how.
Peopled Leadership is the right book at the right time, and a must-have for every person in a leadership role. Mayers, Anderson, and Williams have done the extensive research for us, presenting and synthesizing best practices into a vision for a new way of leading. In a world of chaotic disruption and fast-paced change, Peopled Leadership has the power to transform our organizations and lead us into a healthier future.