If You Want to Lead, Not Just Manage: A Primer for Principals

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This resource tells you what the Masters programs don’t—about the personalities and value systems that school leaders need to succeed.

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John C. Daresh

"Effective, timely, and engaging! A practical approach to transforming educators into successful and reflective school administrators."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761976479
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/13/2000
  • Series: One-off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 0.40 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Dennis R. Dunklee is an Emeritus Professor in the Education Leadership Department in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. During his twenty-five years in public schools, he served as a teacher, elementary school principal, junior high and middle school principal, high school principal, and central office administrator. During his more than twenty years at George Mason University, he taught courses in education law and school leadership and served as an advisor and chair for master’s and doctoral candidates in school leadership.
Because of his expertise and practical experience, he continues to be frequently called on to consult in the areas of effective schools, school law, administrator evaluation, instructional supervision, school-community relations, problem solving, and conflict resolution. In addition, he continues to be actively involved as a consultant and expert witness in numerous school-related lawsuits nationwide. As a university scholar and researcher, he has published, and continues to publish, textbooks, monographs, and articles on issues in the fields of school law, business management, administrative practice, and leadership theory. He also continues to present papers at international, national, regional, state, and local conferences and is a widely sought-after clinician for inservice workshops. Dr. Dunklee was an invited participant and presenter at the 2005 Oxford (University) Round Table on Education Law: Individual Rights and Freedoms.

He received his Ph.D. in school administration and foundations from Kansas State University. His major area of research was in the field of education law, and his dissertation was on tort liability for negligence. He holds a master’s degree in elementary and secondary school administration from Washburn University.

This is Dr. Dunklee’s eighth book for Corwin Press. His other Corwin books are You Sound Taller on the Telephone: A Practitioner’s View of the Principalship (1999); If You Want to Lead Not Just Manage (2000); The Principal’s Quick Reference Guide to School Law (2002 and 2006, with Robert J. Shoop); Strategic Listening for School Leaders (2005, with Jeannine Tate); Anatomy of a Lawsuit: What Every Education Leader Should Know About Legal Actions (2006, with Robert J. Shoop); and Poverty Is NOT a Learning Disability (2009, with Tish Howard and Sandy Grogan Dresser).

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Gerald W. Bracey
About the Author
1. Culture Shock: When Teachers Become Principals
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
Role Preparation
The Bottom Line
2. Stranger in a Strange Land: The School Environment
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
Characteristics of School Districts
The Bottom Line
3. One Size Doesn't Fit All: Matching Your Personality With the Role of Principal
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
The Compatibility of Personal Attributes and the Principal's Role: Pitfalls
The Bottom Line
4. Getting an 'A' in Ambiguity: Successfully Navigating the Complexity of School Culture
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
The Middle Management Culture and the Accountability Subculture
The Bottom Line
5. Are You Listening? Do You Understand?
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
The Art and Skills of Careful Listening
The Bottom Line
6. Let's Talk Aggregate Impression: How Leaders Lead
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
Leadership: What Is It? Why Do We Need Leaders? What Do Leaders Do? How Do Leaders Do What They Do?
A New Look at Leadership
Now, Let's Talk Aggregate Impression
Management of Others' Perceptions (Aggregate Impression) Through Role Assumption
The Bottom Line
7. Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Blending the Best of Management and Leadership
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
How Managers Manage
The Bottom Line
8. Let's Meet So You Can "Ooh" and "Ahh" Over My Experience: Marketing Campaigns and Initiation Rituals
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
Selling Yourself as "Prime Cut"
What Is This Selection Process Game You've Been Invited to Play?
The Bottom Line
9. Winning a Race without a Finish Line: Changing the Organization Without Alienating the Culture
About This Chapter
Reflective Point
Tweaking the Culture Is Okay: The Two Sides of Change
Managing Change Through Leadership
The Bottom Line
A Concluding Thought
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