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Intelligent Leadership

What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential


by John Mattone, AMACOM, New York, N.Y., 2013, 237 pp. with index, $27.95 hardcover

Intelligent Leadership: What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential is not just another how-to manual. Author John Mattone acts as a guide for readers seeking lasting positive change in their leadership performance.

Mattone, president of John Mattone Partners, a leadership consulting firm, provides readers in all professions insights and strategies to continually nurture, strengthen, and most importantly, leverage their personal leadership skills and traits. He includes diagrams, self-assessments, diagnostics and exploration exercises that will engage the savvy superintendent in a balanced inquiry designed to strengthen core capabilities and behaviors.

Superintendents are leading in an era of unprecedented and unrelenting change. Mattone teaches readers that recognition of inner strength and refinement of outer capabilities can provide the courage necessary to lead schools during these stressful times, regardless of whether that stress is caused by reduced revenues, declining enrollment or low student academic performance.

Mattone describes how a strong outer core of strategic competencies combines with the elements of character to determine a leader’s maturity. All too often a superintendent’s maturity is tested. And, regardless of years of service, the maturity doesn’t extend across all the predominant traits or critical elements of character that Mattone clarifies.

Mattone’s visionary framework will provide readers with insight for strengthening their leadership mettle in order to achieve breakthrough performances from every level of stakeholder in your district.

While Intelligent Leadership may not change the world, it will certainly change the way that readers mobilize their teams to achieve optimal performance.

Reviewed by Barbara A. Klocko, assistant professor, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.


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