States of Being conveys the urgent need for compassionate and equitable leadership in our schools. Belans has distilled decades of coaching experience into a methodology that all leaders and mentors will be able to apply their own coaching practices. She is clear at every moment that leadership must be grounded equity and social justice, and she never wavers from her insistence that students’ well-being should be the center of educational decision making. The 11 states of being presented in this book are practical, insightful, and most shocking in their immediate effectiveness. Belans shows once and for all that reductive or deficits-based leadership is damaging, unproductive, and most of all unnecessary. Here, she presents the assets- and equity-based tools to create true transformational change.
"States of Being has transformed the way I work with leaders. Belans clearly elaborates the essential equity questions that should be at the heart of every decision a school leader makes. This book will reshape the way we think about leading and coaching. "
--Dr. Mahalia Hines, President, Common Ground Foundation; Board Member, Obama Foundation; former Board Member, Chicago Board of Education
"The impact of States of Being reverberates through all my district leadership work. The stories in the book are a gorgeous choreography between author and reader, much like the dance between people in a coaching relationship. States of Being offers real development in the field of education and is an approach that can radically transform individuals, relationships, teams, and organizations."
-- Andrea Zayas, Chief Academic Officer, Boston Public Schools
“States of Being empowers us to coach others from a place of love, compassion, and empathy. Linda’s thoughtful approach to coaching spans far beyond this practice. She teaches us to honor and recognize the humanity in others, the adults we lead and the students we have the privilege of serving. I am a better human being in the world as a result.”
—Constance Ranae Jones, CEO, Noble Schools
“Everyone needs a coach, but very few people get a coach who listens, pushes, and empowers you to solve your own problems. In States of Being, Belans mixes cutting-edge neuroscience with timeless philosophical thought, all while stimulating your mind, guiding your heart, and magnifying your soul. She has beautifully captured her methods in a powerful, practical, and inspiring book. States of Being might be view as a book for education leaders in US schools, but it is actually relevant to anyone who wants to support another human being to improve, believe, shine, and give.”
—Gaurav Singh, Founder and CEO,
321 Education Foundation (Mumbai, India)
“When I think of someone who demonstrates unwavering love, leadership, and commitment to students on the margins, I think of Dr. B. Her States of Being is an extraordinary work that helps make it possible for hardworking students of all backgrounds to succeed.”
—Calvon Jones, M.Div. (Yale University), Associate Pastor to Children an Youth, Trinity United Church of Christ (Chicago)
“Every student in every classroom deserves to be taught by teachers and leaders who model the work presented in States of Being. As I work with leaders across the country to practice the transformational work of Dr. Belans, I see a new light in people’s eyes when they realize that urgency, rigor, and humanity can—and must—coexist so that all who enter th building can thrive.”
—Jeana Marinelli, Leadership Coach