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Book Review                                                    Page 44

 

What Keeps Leaders Up At Night

Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues

Book Review - What Keeps Leaders Up at Night

By Nicole Lipkin, AMACOM (American Management Association), New York, N.Y., 2013, 272 pp. with index, $21.95 hardcover

This informative book is an interesting and easy read for leaders in many fields. While the work is not specifically tailored for education leaders, I found as a higher education administrator and former superintendent connections to the situations, scenarios and examples that Nicole Lipkin describes.

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night is written in an informal style with enough supportive information, documentation and references to be quite credible. Lipkin has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a MBA.

The eight problems that she describes are written using real-life work situations that relate easily to the work world of school leadership. Experienced leaders will find this book to be a reminder of how to avoid pitfalls in a way that does not preach. Aspiring leaders will find Lipkin’s work insightful, with examples that can help the reader recognize himself or herself or others.

Helpful exercises, including one on listening skills, can easily be practiced. Charts that specify positive and negative core beliefs can be beneficial to students in educational leadership programs and aspiring leaders.

Reviewed by Josephine Moffett, site director for St. John Fisher College’s Executive Leadership Program, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle , N.Y.

 

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