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Transformative Leadership in Action: Allyship, Advocacy & Activism

Editors: Jackie Bruce and Katherine McKee (Emerald Publishing, 2020)

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In this ILA Book Buzz, author Jacklyn Bruce asks, “Leadership for what?” In today’s society the call for leadership that advances justice and equity outcomes, creating more liberated communities and promoting common good has never been more urgent. Engaging in this work can feel overwhelming and daunting.  Transformative Leadership in Action provides a roadmap, inviting educators and practitioners to join in the journey of creating more purposeful leadership for a 21st century. 

Description: In a time when the world is facing significant challenges, leaders who work for justice and equity for all people are necessary. Transformative Leadership in Action: Allyship, Advocacy, and Activism challenges the reader to do the essential self-work required of a 21st century leader, and provides the road map to developing the skills necessary to take on increasing public leadership roles to support causes related to justice and equity.

Shining a light on unexplored, yet crucial, components of the discussion around the apex of leadership and social justice, Bruce and McKee first investigate the tie between social justice work and leadership competencies grounded in theory. Second, they put forward a pedagogical guide in teaching at this apex—engaging both the instructor and student(s) in unique learning journeys.

Offering insight for educators, current leaders, and future leaders, this book is a crucial resource – providing go-to support for engaging in allyship, advocacy, and activism for justice and equity. If you want your learners to be leaders and not just think about leadership, this is the book you need.

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About the Co-Editors

Jackie Bruce is an Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs, and Co-Director of The Oaks Scholarship Program at North Carolina State University. When asked who she is, however, Jackie will tell you she is an educator. It may only be one word, but there is a lot packed into that word. To her educator = leadership scholar, teacher of organizational behavior, fighter for justice and equity, believer in the power of policy, nurturer of educative environments, advisor of students, colleague of leadership practitioners, mentor of qualitative researchers, editor of a journal, relentless reader, and most importantly Mother of an awesome kid.
Katherine McKee is an Assistant Professor in Leadership at North Carolina State University where she is Co-Director of The Oaks Leadership Scholars, a transformative leadership program. Katherine’s passion for leadership education grew out of her involvement in movements for voting rights, health care access, and LGBTQ+ equality. She believes that a strong understanding of theory can support the essential work of practitioners for justice and equity. Katherine is a tireless advocate for students in and outside of the classroom and gives a mean motivational speech that includes references to dinosaurs, baseball, and believing in yourself.

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About the Editors

List of Contributors


  1. Leading to Transform Our World – Carolyn M. Shields
  1. Disrupting Dominance: Privilege, Positionality and Possibilities for Shared Power – Jennifer Tilghman-Havens
  1. Pedagogy: Becoming a Transformative Leader: The Student Leader Activist Identity Continuum – Katherine E. McKee and Jacklyn A. Bruce
  2. Tales from the Real World: Putting Leadership Theory into Social Justice Practice – Anna Patton
  1. Pedagogy: Developing Learner Identities Through Countering Othering – James Mohr and Kristine F. Hoover
  2. Tales from the Real World: Putting Compassion into Action: The Making of the CCC – Rebecca Schisler
  3. Case Study: Educational Equity – Lauryn Mascareñaz
  1. Pedagogy: Developing Ally Identities – Mac Benavides, Tess Hobson, Aliah Mestrovich Seay, Chance Lee, & Kerry Priest
  2. Tales from the Real World: Call to Action to Engage in Critical Indigenous Leadership Activism & Allyship – Danielle Mitchell & Kathy Bishop
  3. Case Study: Centering Queer Students – Elizabeth Indermaur & Coleman Simpson
  1. Pedagogy: Developing Advocate Identities – Jacklyn A. Bruce and Katherine E. McKee
  2. Tales from the Real World: Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) as Advocates in Corporate America – Kyle Jordan
  3. Case Study: Have Nots to Haves – Glenn W. “Max” McGee
  1. Pedagogy: Developing Activist Identities – Jacklyn A. Bruce and Katherine E. McKee
  2. Tales from the Field: Creating Pathways for Reunification for the Disregarded – William Clark
  3. Tales from the Field: Disrupting Poverty through a Whole Family Approach to Jobs Initiative in New England – Josephine Hauer
  4. Case Study: Reckoning with Slavery through Student Activism – Erika Cohen Derr, Aysha Dos, and Adanna J. Johnson
  5. Case Study: Artists as Leaders for Social Justice – Carol Burbank
  1. Pedagogy: Identifying and Leveraging Institutional Entry Points – Renee Wells
  2. Tales from the Field: Under the Influence of Masculinity – Carmelin Rivera
  3. Case Study: Women in the Movement for Black Life: Transformative Activist Leadership Reshaping Black Politics – Sharon Gramby-Sobukwe
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