Wisdom in Education


generative leadership, change, complexity, mirror neurons, empathy


This thematic book review looks at how four texts interweave the topic of generative leadership into a cohesive structure so the reader can bring about change in our educational system. The authors of these texts begin by defining generative leadership and complexity, then move on to discuss mirror neurons and empathy, relationships and the importance of feeling a part of something, and how experience equals learning, which in turns sculpts the brain physically. As you think of the leadership style you want to emulate as you build your own and your staff’s capacity, these resources may easily sum this up for you.

Author Statement

Rebecca Monroe has been in education for 33 years, having taught K-8. She is currently an academic coach in the Excellence in Teaching Program in SBCUSD.