5 Essential Skills For School Leaders

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In today's changing environment, leaders need a concrete guideline to help them meet new challenges and to update standards and assessments such as The No Child Left Behind Act. These new regulations and laws pertain not only to accountability issues, testing methods and assessment, teacher certification requirements, and safety in schools, but serve to update pre-existing methods in leadership skills. This book will help those in leadership roles develop skills to successfully adopt new techniques that are vital when dealing with national and state requirements and enacting new laws that pertain to education. This book provides a detailed and comprehensive look at theories of leadership styles and behaviors and presents the reader with five characteristics that enable a rookie or veteran leader to become proficient and effective in their role. A guideline, using real life stories and examples, demonstrate how to bring about change and be a successful leader utilizing these five traits: insight, interpersonal skills, self-growth, flexibility, and keeping in touch with the community. This book will of interest to administrators and professors of educational leadership.
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Langley and Jacobs outline five skills for school leadership: insight, interpersonal skills, self-growth, flexibility, and keeping in touch with the community. They illustrate how the results of these traits can be seen in a positive educational environment.
Dr. Fran Murphy
Finally, a book on educational leadership that includes education! This important book carefully crafted by Langley and Jacobs coaches school leaders in the context of the messy reality of classrooms, kids, and teachers.
Alan Leis
The authors have synthesized the research in an insightful focus on five key aspects of leadership. They provide excellent examples and case studies for personal professional growth.
Jeanne M. Kabulis
As a teacher, I find Langley and Jacobs' perspective on leadership insightful, refreshing, and eminently useful both in and outside of the classroom. Their five essential skills provides an invaluable resource for educators.
Tyll van Geel
An accessible and practical guide to educational leadership with many anecdotes and useful examples.
Robert R. Spillane
A straight-forward and exciting guide for the novice and veteran administrator in public or private schools. Jacobs and Langley have compiled a work that is not only an excellent trade tool, but also a must for professors of leadership classes, as a textbook or supplemental workbook.
Michael Fullan
Langley and Jacobs have written a book that beautifully captures the practical essence of leadership. Each of the five chapters on essential skills is valuable in its own right, but it is the way that the five sets of skills are brought together that makes the book so powerful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578863716
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 0.29 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Langley is a Foreign Language Department Chair, Fairfax County, Virginia. Mark Jacobs is a district level administrator at Webster Central Schools, Webster, New York.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Setting the Record Straight on Terminology Chapter 2 Leadership Styles Chapter 3 One Final Word before We Present the Five Skills Chapter 4 The Ability to Be Insightful Chapter 5 Positive, Strong Interpersonal Skills Chapter 6 Self-Growth Chapter 7 Flexibility Chapter 8 Keeping in Touch with the Community Chapter 9 Bringing It All Together Chapter 10 Now What? Chapter 11 One Final Point Chapter 12 Your Turn
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Excellent Resource for Educational Leaders and Teachers

    Most books that I have read about educational leadership take the highrode approach to the actual process of helping educators leaving them without specific ways of applying the skills of leadership. 5 Essential Skills for School Leaders is a breath of fresh air offering educators real world examples and exercises that allow for the application of the skills that are addressed in the book. This is an excellent resource for all educational leaders and even those not in the education field.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2006

    Excellent materials for all in Leadership

    I am not involved in the education process, but this book is extrememly helpful to anyone in leadership fields. It is very informative, & easy to understand & follow.

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