Getting Smart Podcast | Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change

Change leadership powerhouses Michael Fullan and Lyle Kirtman recently released Leadership: Key Competencies for Whole-System Change – a new book published by Getting Smart Advocacy Partner, Solution Tree.

As Kirtman and Fullan explain, the book “gives leaders the tools to take action regardless of what level of the system they operate from” because “the model is based on the premise that you have to be your own change agent and cause ripple effects by mastering the seven competencies as you lead change in your own jurisdiction and beyond.”  

Because we believe wholeheartedly in an approach to systemic and sustainable change in education that recognizes the role of leadership at all levels, we highly recommended their book in our review noting that it is:

  • backed by research;
  • situated in the context of learning innovations;
  • supported by real stories from practicing leaders;
  • grounded in a whole-system approach to change;
  • intended to spark action; and
  • built to inspire.

In fact, we were so inspired by the book that we couldn’t wait to spend some time chatting with the authors to learn more about how their work, the research base with thousands of leaders, and reasons to be optimistic about the future of education.

Longtime fan of both Kirtman and Fullan, our Director of Knowledge Design Carri Schneider had a chance to connect with both to explore these topics in this new episode of the Getting Smart podcast. Listen now for the promo code to get 30% off the book.

Eager for more? Check out the infographic.  Download a free sample chapter or find out more about the book and order it here. Share your thoughts about the leadership competencies required to lead whole-system change or add your own experiences and resources to the conversation on social media using #7LeadershipCompetencies.

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