Book Review

Powerful Leadership Development

By David H. Lepard and Alice G. Foster

Reviewed by
Charles W. Rudiger
Professor of Leadership and Technology, Dowling College, Oakdale, N.Y.

The co-authors of this engaging text, David H. Lepard and Alice G. Foster, have crafted a comprehensive framework that bridges theory and practice with real-time, job-related scenarios and simulations. Powerful Leadership Development is based on a staff development format, Professional Enhancement Program, they use in their extensive consulting work with school districts, state agencies and universities.

The 24-hour PEP activities, described in detail, involve colleagues and coaches, and various media and assessment hardware.

This readable treatise is well suited for groups or individuals seeking a powerful, uncomplicated and appropriate means of strengthening leadership performance throughout an organization and assisting in the preparation of followup action plans.

The authors maintain that leadership in public education and elsewhere is failing to provide the stewardship requisite in the dynamic and challenging environment. They argue for developing and encouraging personal qualities such as initiative, integrity, risk-taking and political awareness.

Leadership may indeed be difficult to define. This timely text will enable the reader, whether professor or practitioner, to explore and clarify perceptions of the leadership role.

(Powerful Leadership Development: Bridging Theory and Practice Using Peers and Technology by David H. Lepard and Alice G. Foster, Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2003, 290 pp., $34.95 softcover)