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Leadership Resources for Arts Educators


Arts Education Resources

Some of the Best Leadership Resources for Professionals

  • Why by Simon Sinek 
  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown 
  • Leading Change by  John K. Kotter 
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team and  The Advantage by  Patrick Lencioni
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations by James Kouzes and Barry Posner
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Developing the Leader within You (both by John Maxwell)
  • Discover your True North by Bill George

Mentoring Resources

  • National Mentoring Resource Center
  • Mentoring Free Professional Resources
  • One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor- and Why you Will Benefit from Being One by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz
  • The Mentor’s Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships by Lois B. Zachary
  • HBR Guide to Getting the Mentoring you Need (Harvard Business Review)

Leadership Development for Kids and Teens

  • Leadership for Kids: Curriculum for Building Leadership in Gifted Learners by Cecelia Boswell, Mary Christopher, J.J. Colburn
  • 15 Tips for Instilling Leadership Skills in Children by John Rampton
  • The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey (Author), Stacy Curtis (Illustrator)
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey and The 7 Habits Work Book by Sean Covey
  • Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents by Dan Appleman
  • Leader in Me by Stephen Covey

Books on Arts Management and Leadership for Professionals

  • Performing Arts Management: a Handbook of Professional Practices by Jessica Bathurst and Tobie Stein
  • Leadership in the Performing Arts by Tobie Stein and Robert Lynch
  • Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century by Ellen Rosewall
  • Management and the Arts by William James Brynes