Exective Leadership for Effective Administration / Edition 1

Exective Leadership for Effective Administration / Edition 1

by M. Scott Norton

ISBN-10: 0205386717

ISBN-13: 9780205386710

Pub. Date: 11/05/2004

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

"All chapters are written brilliantly...the summaries are brief, well-written and concise...the use of cases and vignettes will be very beneficial to students and professors who are interested in studying leadership at a systems level within public educational organizations."
Anthony H. Normore, Florida International University

This book immerses


"All chapters are written brilliantly...the summaries are brief, well-written and concise...the use of cases and vignettes will be very beneficial to students and professors who are interested in studying leadership at a systems level within public educational organizations."
Anthony H. Normore, Florida International University

This book immerses prospective superintendents and other executive administrators in the realities of practice and the specific leadership skills that create effective schools. Research based coverage of the foundations, issues, principles and responsibilities of executive leaders in educational administration and management are presented within the three dimensions of: The Nature of Executive Leadership, Forces That Influence and Shape Executive Leadership, and the Responsibilities of Executive Leaders. This text encourages leaders to think beyond management and consider how to lead and affect school culture, student achievement, and organizational productivity. Case studies and critical incidents as well as ample pedagogical elements encourage readers to take an active, decision-making role. Concepts throughout the text correlate closely to ISLLC standards.


  • This text carefully balances theory and practice so that these concepts are meaningful throughout.
  • Critical leadership topics such as organizational culture, working with governing boards and employee groups, conflict, and politics are emphasized in chapters 3-12.
  • Rather than a strict focus on educational administration, this work centers on executive leadership. Leadership for the attainment of educational goals is given priority and thisfocus correlates closely to ISLLC standards.
  • Field-tested elements such as case studies, in-basket exercises and other simulations in each chapter tie chapter concepts to actual problems and responsibilities in the field.
  • Learning objectives, chapter vocabulary, chapter summaries, and discussion questions that accompany each chapter provide opportunities for student reflection.

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Table of Contents

Each chapter begins with “Learning Objectives” and concludes with “ Summary,” “ Discussion Questions,” “ Case Studies,” “ Inbasket Exercise,” and “ References.”

1. The Foundations of Executive Leadership Concepts and Practices.

An Attempt to Define Executive Leadership.

Theory and How It Benefits Executive Leaders.

What Is Theory and How Theory Is Developed.

2. Post Modernism: The Reconstructivists Movement and Theories and Concepts of Leadership.

Systems Theory.

Deming's TQM and Quchi's Theory Z.

Transactional and Transformational Leadership.

Critical Constructivists Approaches to Executive Leadership.

Philosophic, Artistic, and Aesthetic Leadership Concepts.

Leadership Metaphors.

The Learning Organization.

Competency Based Leadership.

Standards and Their Influence on Leadership Behavior and Practice.

The ISLLC Standards.

3. Leadership for the Education of the School-Community: Organizational Culture and Organizational Climate.

Organizational Culture and Climate Defined.

The Responsibilities of the Executive Leader Relative to School Culture.

A Visionary Strategy.

Implementing the New Vision.

Organizational Climate and the Work of the Executive Leader.

Culture and Student Achievement; the Bottom Line.

The Assessment of School Climate.

Best Practices for Improving Organizational Climate.

4. Leadership Responsibilities for the Human Resources Function.

New Developments in the Human Resources Function in Organizations.

Human Resources Processes and Implications for ExecutiveLeaders.

The Planning Process.

The Recruitment Process.

The Selection Process.

The Personnel Assignment Process.

The Induction Process.

The Protection Process.

The Collective Bargaining Process.

The Compensation and Welfare Process.

The Human Resources Development Process.

Evaluation of Personnel.

The Organizational Climate Process.

The HR Stability Process.


Major Leadership Responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer in Human Resources Administration.

Recognizing that Effective Human Resources in the School District Depend Largely on the Chill Executive Officer's Leadership.

Establishing a Human Resources Unit in the School System Staffed by Quality Personnel.

Ensuring that the Human Resources Point of View is Duly Considered in Reaching Important Program Decisions.

Ensuring that Effective Communication is Maintained Between the Various Units Relative to Resources Activities, Problems, and Research Findings.

Setting an Example in Demonstrating the Vital Importance of the Human Resources Function in Meeting the Goals of the School System.

5. Leadership for Democracy: Diversity, Equity, Ethics and Justice.

Education in a Democracy, An Historical Perspective.

Hallmarks of Democratic Education.

Leadership for Diversity.

6. Leadership for Curriculum Development and the Improvement of Student Achievement.

Historical Perspectives.

Curricular Issues and Problems That Must be Faced by School Leaders.

The School Curriculum and the School-Community.

Primary Responsibilities of the Executive Leader for Curriculum and Instruction in the School-Community.

7. Leadership for Meeting the Issues and Problems Facing Executive Leaders.

Current Status of the School Superintendency-An Overview.

Major Issues and Problems Facing Executive Leaders.

The Issue of Inadequate Finance.

The Issue of Assessing and Testing for Student Outcomes.

State Testing Requirements.

The Issue of Demands for New Ways of Teaching, Operating Educational Programs, and Determining Priorities in Curriculum.

8. Leadership for Organizational Governance Policy and Administrative Regulations.

Policy Making and Policy Decisions.

Educational Goals, Policies, and Administrative Regulations.

9. Leadership in the Arena of Politics: Competing Bases of Power.

An Historical Perspective of the Changing Politics of Education.

Taxpayers and Financial Reform.

Racial Desegregation, Diversity, and Equity.

Students and Their Rights.

Teachers, Organizational Power, and Related Politics.

Federal, State, and Local Efforts to Control Education.

Other Political Forces Acting to Influence Educational Policy.

Leadership and the Complexity of Organizational Governance.

Politics and Values.

Politics and Community Power Structures.

Power and Authority.

10. Leadership—Working With Governing Boards.

The Evolution of School Boards and the Chief Executive Officer.

The Local Board of Education.

Legal Basis for State and District Educational Systems.

Authority and Power and Their Implications for Executive Leadership.

Constitutional and Legal Basis for the Governance of Education.

School District.

The Vital Importance of School Board and Executive Leader Relationships.

Roles of the Board and the Executive Leader: Reaching Agreement and Problems of Role Ambiguity.

Administrator's Bill of Rights.

11. Leadership for the Development and Implementation of Positive School-Community Relations.

A Backward Glance and a Look to the Future.

Building Collaborative Structures.

School-Community Relationships Defined.

Underlying Assumptions of the Operative Base for an Effective Program of School-Community Relationships.

Leader's Responsibilities for Effective School-Community Relationships.

Grading Standards and Ethical Codes.

Assessment and Evaluation of School-Community Programs.

12. Taking the Leadership in Working with Employee Groups.

A Brief Historical Overview of Employee-Employer Relationships.

Employee Groups, Professional Associations or Unions?

The Development of Employee Groups and Collective Bargaining in the U.S.

The Executive Leader's Responsibilities in Working With Employee Groups.

The Chief Executive Leader and the Collective Bargaining Process.

The Executive Leader's Primary Responsibilities in the Collective Bargaining Process.

Collective Bargaining Methods in Education.

Distributive Methods of Collective Bargaining.

Integrative Methods of Collective Bargaining.



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