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Leadership 180: Daily Meditations on School Leadership

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All too often, busy school leaders find themselves caught up in the tasks of leadership, while the vision of leadership goes neglected. Leadership 180 provides inspiration to lend a fresh perspective and breathe life into daily practices that may have become routine.

Each one-page meditation begins with a thought-provoking quote on a core aspect of leadership.

Each meditation examines a foundational belief ...

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Overview

All too often, busy school leaders find themselves caught up in the tasks of leadership, while the vision of leadership goes neglected. Leadership 180 provides inspiration to lend a fresh perspective and breathe life into daily practices that may have become routine.

Each one-page meditation begins with a thought-provoking quote on a core aspect of leadership.

Each meditation examines a foundational belief about leadership and translates that belief into a "Today I will..." statement of action that can be implemented immediately.

By reflecting on and perhaps changing their core beliefs, and then integrating them into daily practice, education leaders can begin to cause profound and permanent improvement in their school's relationships, teaching, and learning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935249825
  • Publisher: Solution Tree
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

1 Change Yourself First 7

2 Learn Forever 8

3 Cultivate Head, Heart, and Spirit 9

4 Speak With an Authentic Voice 10

5 Distinguish Degrees of Importance 11

6 Have Simple, Clear Plans 12

7 Act on Your Values 13

8 Have Integrity 14

9 Engage in Team-Based Learning 15

10 Find the Simplicity Beyond Complexity 16

11 Be Clear About Your Vision 17

12 Write to Learn 18

13 Nurture the Soul 19

14 Make Difficult Decisions 20

15 View Everyone as Teacher and Student 21

16 Remember Your Fundamental Purpose 22

17 Choose to Dance 23

18 Create Cultures That Enable New Practices 24

19 Cultivate Empathy 25

20 Establish Ambitious Goals 26

21 Appreciate and Celebrate 27

22 Pay Attention and Remain Open 28

23 Ensure Teacher-to-Teacher Learning 29

24 Serve Students Through Values-Guided Leadership 30

25 Make Professional Learning Part of the School Day 31

26 Envision the Future 32

27 Tell Our Truth 33

28 View Mistakes as Our Teachers 34

29 Promote Laughter 35

30 Create Authentic Teams 36

31 Have a Plan 37

32 Encourage Risk Taking and Experimentation 38

33 Increase Positive Interactions 39

34 Go Together 40

35 Promote Deep and Sustained Professional Conversations 41

36 Make Reading and Writing Core Professional Activities 42

37 Be Persistent and Patient in Creating New Cultures 43

38 Use External Partners to Maintain Momentum 44

39 Be Intentional About Habits 45

40 Act Your Way Into New Beliefs 46

41 Make Professional Learning a Core Leadership Responsibility 47

42 Link Learning to Real Work 48

43 Determine the Focus for Your Instructional Leadership 49

44 Define Your Professional Purpose 50

45 Be a Teacher 51

46 Cultivate Professional Judgment 52

47 Nurture Trust 53

48 Demonstrate Empathy, Caring, and Cooperation 54

49 Match Words and Deeds 55

50 Speak Your Vision 56

51 Pay Attention to What You Learn on the Way to Your Goal 57

52 Evoke Emotion to Inspire Action and Stimulate Learning 58

53 Use Your Capacities 59

54 Invent Your Way Into the Future 60

55 Be Present 61

56 Be Efficacious 62

57 Attend to the Soul 63

58 Question Your Assumptions 64

59 Notice and Tell Stories 65

60 Be Positive 66

61 Attend Deeply to Others 67

62 Identify Multiple Solutions to Problems 68

63 Strengthen Cultural Support for Professional Learning 69

64 Live an Examined Life 70

65 Create Space 71

66 Master Yourself 72

67 Experience Genuine Teamwork 73

68 Speak Concisely 74

69 Stand for Profound Purposes 75

70 Open Minds by Touching Hearts 76

71 Adapt 77

72 Communicate Respect to Extend Influence 78

73 Learn and Teach 79

74 Use the Gap 80

75 Write to Clarify Thinking 81

76 Consider Your Impact 82

77 See Through the Eyes of Others 83

78 Use Visual Language 84

79 Slow Down 85

80 Stimulate Complex, Intelligent Behavior 86

81 Plan a Tree 87

82 Align Actions with Vision 88

83 Strengthen Relationships With Those Closest to You 89

84 Open Yourself to the Views of Others 90

85 Acquire New Habits of Mind and Practice 91

86 Collect Stories 92

87 Speak Forthrightly 93

88 Cultivate Gratitude 94

89 Act Intentionally to Change Culture 95

90 Use Problems to Promote Learning 96

91 Use Conversations to Spread Influence 97

92 Learn and Invent in Order to Address Adaptive Challenges 98

93 Mobilize Through Hopefulness 99

94 See Underlying Relationships, Not Events 100

95 Honor Feelings 101

96 Learn 102

97 Use Disequilibrium to Stimulate Growth 103

98 Be Quiet to Listen 104

99 Tap the Community's Deepest Purposes 105

100 Write to Discover What You Think 106

101 Learn From Your Childhood 107

102 Promote Professional Judgment 108

103 Delight in Meaningful, Purpose-Driven Work 109

104 Manage "Next Actions" 110

105 Find an Idea's Core 111

106 Be Clear About What You Want 112

107 Speak Your Truth 113

108 Spread Positive Emotions 114

109 Take Care of Yourself 115

110 Display Integrity by Aligning Actions With Values 116

111 Create Cultures of Interpersonal Accountability 117

112 Focus Attention on High-Impact Activities 118

113 Cultivate the Problem-Solving Abilities of Others 119

114 Develop Supportive Relationships With Colleagues 120

115 Reframe Ideas to Serve School Goals 121

116 Set Micro-Goals to Establish Momentum 122

117 Respect Human Dignity 123

118 Evoke Feelings 124

119 Tell Stories That Motivate and Guide 125

120 Use Every Opportunity to Promote Learning-Oriented Conversations 126

121 Develop Clarity Regarding Professional Learning 127

122 Develop Discernment Through Solitude and Community 128

123 Learn in Community While Solving Real Problems 129

124 Cultivate Professional Literacy 130

125 Choose Growth Over Atrophy 131

126 "Reinvent" Yourself 132

127 Promote Civility 133

128 Listen with Empathy 134

129 Offer Generosity of Spirit 135

130 Appreciate 136

131 Use Language That Promotes Community 137

132 Express Your Views 138

133 Promote a Sense of Efficacy 139

134 Believe That the "Impossible" Can Be Achieved 140

135 Make Choices That Serve the School Community 141

136 Articulate Ideas to Deepen Understanding 142

137 View Obstacles as Spurs to Creativity 143

138 Build Relationships 144

139 Be Clear About Your Purpose 145

140 "Perturb the Organism" 146

141 Teach to Learn 147

142 Assume Responsibility 148

143 Acknowledge Your Own Uncertainty 149

144 View Conversations as a Learning Process 150

145 See Opportunities in New Realities 151

146 Write Simply 152

147 Find Creative Solutions Through Collaboration 153

148 Design Meetings for Maximum Engagement 154

149 Create Intellectual and Emotional Connections 155

150 Learn Actively 156

151 Combine Research With Professional Judgment 157

152 Listen to Students' Perspectives 158

153 Tap Talents to Achieve Extraordinary Results 159

154 View "Gaping Unknowns" as a Resource 160

155 Aim High 161

156 Keep Agreements 162

157 Slow Down the Pace of Conversations 163

158 Give the Gift of Your Honest Self 164

159 Learn Every Day 165

160 Highlight the Positive Differences the School Community Makes 166

161 Link With Colleagues 167

162 Keep Your Eyes on the Road Ahead 168

163 Strengthen Relationship Skills 169

164 Experience Teamwork With Colleagues 170

165 Be Fully Present for Others 171

166 Develop New Habits 172

167 Elevate Values and Ideas 173

168 Use Collaboration to Improve Teaching 174

169 Promote Purpose, Distribute Leadership, and Develop Competence 175

170 Design Schools to Personalize Learning and Strengthen Relationships 176

171 Be Nimble to Express True Urgency 177

172 View Negative Feedback as a Gift 178

173 Tend to Your Long-Term Personal Health and Emotional Well-Being 179

174 Be an Effective Teacher 180

175 Build Community Through Storytelling 181

176 Develop Moral Purpose 182

177 See Possibility in the Unexpected 183

178 Dream Big Dreams 184

179 Learn to Say "No" 185

180 Commit to a Small Number of Professional Learning Goals 186

Epilogue 189

Author Index 191

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