An Imperfect Leader: Leadership in (After) Action tells the story of a superintendent from his first days to the pandemic. In each chapter, he responds to a series of questions to prompt genuine reflection. This book is structured to give leaders the tools to become predictably successful leaders.
Peter Stiepleman, the 2021 Missouri Superintendent of the Year, lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. He serves as an advisor to leaders and hosts a weekly podcast where he talks to leaders across the nation. Website: www.peterstiepleman.com.
Preface: An Imperfect Leader/Who Tells Your Story?
Chapter 1: Theory of Action
Chapter 2: A Challenge to Stasis
Chapter 3: A New Leader, an Antiquated System
Chapter 4: The Truth About Their Data
Chapter 5: The Year They All Left
Chapter 6: Reseeding Their Values
Chapter 7: A Tree Takes Root
Chapter 8: They Know the Way. Until a Pandemic Emerges
Chapter 9: The Vision is Clear? How Their Systems Saved Them
About the Author
If you are interested in changing systems of education and how they work for young people, this is a must-read on educational leadership. Filled with examples and a framework to guide leaders, Dr. Stiepleman helps the reader think deeper about practice and ways to learn from people at various vantage points of a school system. He takes systems thinking concepts and makes them practical for educators who want to build lasting change--a must read for anyone tasked to lead.
While success is celebrated, behind these worthy accomplishments is often a series of lessons learned the hard way which often are kept hidden. Peter brings to light, in a human, respectful and engaging way, leadership lessons learned from honest reflection of what could have been better, different or worth repeating. He analyzes the needed leadership skills of K-12 administrators in clear and compelling ways. He reminds us that no one is perfect, but each decision carefully reviewed can make us better leaders and help us serve students, staff and communities more effectively. This is a great guide to the work of leading complex organizations in challenging times.
Those who write about leadership have created flawed works with impossible expectations: to be a perfect leader. Peter Stiepleman challenges us all. An Imperfect Leader is a brilliantly conceptualized story of a superintendent challenged by antiquated practices, challenging data, district culture, dispersed values—and eventually the Covid 19 pandemic. This book is a must-read for beginning, mid-career as well as accomplished leaders.