Leading Good Schools to Greatness: Mastering What Great Principals Do Well
  • Leading Good Schools to Greatness: Mastering What Great Principals Do Well
  • Leading Good Schools to Greatness: Mastering What Great Principals Do Well

Leading Good Schools to Greatness: Mastering What Great Principals Do Well

by Susan P. (Penny) Gray, William A. Streshly
     
 

ISBN-10: 1412979781

ISBN-13: 9781412979788

Pub. Date: 09/20/2010

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Build your capacity to lead your school to greatness!

Great leaders are made, not born. Written by the authors of From Good Schools to Great Schools, this sequel shows how great school leaders can be developed and how leaders can acquire the powerful personal leadership characteristics that the best administrators use to lead their schools to greatness. Chapters

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Overview

Build your capacity to lead your school to greatness!

Great leaders are made, not born. Written by the authors of From Good Schools to Great Schools, this sequel shows how great school leaders can be developed and how leaders can acquire the powerful personal leadership characteristics that the best administrators use to lead their schools to greatness. Chapters include:

  • Self-assessments that reveal your inherent leadership dispositions
  • Tips from exceptional principals in the field
  • Strategies and case studies for developing specific leadership qualities
  • Application exercises that put the strategies into action
  • Reflection activities that encourage professional growth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412979788
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/20/2010
Pages:
183
Sales rank:
669,288
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables ix

Foreword George Manthey xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Authors xxiii

1 The Skills for Leading Good Schools to Greatness Can Be Learned 1

Applying Good to Great Research to School Principals 2

Conversations With Highly Successful Principals 3

Administrator Preparation Program Reform 6

Reflection 6

2 First, Build Relationships 7

Reflection 9

Assess Your Leadership Capacity 10

A Behavior Different From That of Effective Private Sector Executives 10

The Three Key Elements Needed to Build Relationships 11

Constructing Your Personal Profile of a Highly Effective Principal 12

Part I Building Trust 12

Part II Engaging in Effective Interpersonal Communication 23

Part III Encouraging Constructive Conflict Around Ideas 28

Reflection 38

3 How to Exercise Your Professional Will With Humility 39

Reflection 40

Assess Your Leadership Capacity 41

Research on the Risks of Charismatic Leadership for Schools 42

Distinguishing Personal Humility Is Not So Easy 43

What Highly Successful Principals Say Conveying a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility 44

Strategies for Exhibiting Professional Will While Remaining Humble 46

Practical Application of Strategies for Exhibiting a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility 51

Ask an Effective Principal 51

Reflection 52

4 How to Face the Brutal Facts ... Then Do Something About Them 55

Reflection 56

Assess Your Leadership Capacity 57

The Research on Confronting the Brutal Facts and Unwavering Resolve 58

What Highly Successful Principals Say About Confronting the Brutal Facts 62

Strategies for Confronting the Brutal Facts and Then Doing Something About Them 63

Practical Application of Strategies for Confronting the Brutal Facts and Doing Something About Them 73

Ask an Effective Principal 73

Reflection 74

5 How to Get the Right Faculty on Board 77

Reflection 78

Assess Your Leadership Capacity 79

The Research on Getting the Right People 80

What Are the Right Places for the Right People? 83

The Wrong People for the School 83

What Highly Successful Principals Say About Getting the Right People 85

Strategies for Getting (and Keeping) the Right People 86

Practical Application of Strategies for Getting the Right Faculty on Board 100

Ask an Effective Principal 100

Reflection 102

6 How to Find and Promote the Hedgehog Concept in Your School 103

Reflection 105

Educators Differ From CEOs 105

Assess Your Leadership Capacity 107

Research on the Hedgehog Concept 107

Highly Successful Principals Exhibit the Hedgehog Concept 110

Strategies for Understanding and Executing the Hedgehog Concept in Schools 110

One School's Process for Developing New Mission and Vision Statements 116

Practical Application of Strategies for Finding and Promoting the Hedgehog Concept 120

Ask an Effective Principal 120

Reflection 121

7 How to Build a Schoolwide Culture of Self-Discipline 123

Reflection 124

Assess Your Leadership Capacity 124

The Research on a Culture of Self-Discipline 125

What Highly Successful Principals Do to Build a Schoolwide Culture of Self-Discipline 128

Practical Application of Strategies for Building a Culture of Self-Discipline 135

Ask an Effective Principal 140

Reflection 142

8 The Road Ahead 143

Research on Leadership Preparation 144

What to Look for in a Principal Preparation Program 145

Tips to Help New Principals Succeed 148

A Final Word 151

Resources

Resource A Research Methodology 155

Resource B Interview Participant Selection 159

Resource C Principal Interview Questions Derived From Collins' (2001) CEO Interview Questions and Demographic Questionnaire 163

Resource D Suggested Readings 169

References 173

Index 179

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