Journal of Critical Issues in Educational Practice


Complexity Science, Generative Leadership, Neuroscience, Educational Leadership


This paper is a thematic analysis of four books that emphasize the coalescence of complexity science, neuroscience, and generative leadership in education. The three concepts are defined and discussed in regard to the influence on practical challenges of educational leadership. Specifically, this paper advocates for the ideal benefits of understanding complexity science in society; as it may be directly applied to education to produce leaders who are open and aware to adapting to frequent change. Generative leadership extends upon this concept as it expresses the significance of complex social interactions amongst individuals of an organization in efforts to maintain creative and effective collaboration. This paper briefly discusses the role of neuroscience in social interactions; that is, highlighting the value of an integrative mind to an educational leader. This paper concludes with an implications section that advises empathy as a basis for educational leadership in today’s complex society.

Author Statement

Brice Scott is a passionate secondary and post-secondary educator who aims to contribute to improving the landscape of education for diverse learners.

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