Caring Enough to Lead: Schools and the Sacred Trust / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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Intended for those with leadership responsibilities, this book is a collection of ideas and understandings rather than a "how-to" book. The author seeks to broaden the discussion of leadership to understand what it really means to be a leader.
About the Author
Leonard O. Pellicer is Dean of the School of Education and Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne and Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Carolina. He has served in a number of teaching and leadership roles over the past thirty-five years. He served as the first director of the South Carolina Educational Policy Center, at the University of South Carolina, and was also the director of the African American Professors Program, a program designed to address the problem of a shortage of African American professors at predominantly white higher-education institutions. His experiences prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina include service as a high school and middle school teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, and director of a teacher education center that provided staff development opportunities for teachers and administrators in five Florida school districts. In 1986 to 1987, he was a Fullbright Scholar in Southeast Asia. During this period, he taught graduate classes at the University of the Philippines and used his expertise in school leadership to assist in developing programs to train school leaders in the region. From 1992 to 195, he spent a good deal of time in the Republic of South Africa as a member of a team that developed a field-based training program for black principals in the "new South Africa." He holds a bachelor's degree in English education and master's and doctoral degrees in educational administration from the University of Florida in Gainesville. For more than twenty-five years, he has written, consulted, and spoken extensively in the areas of school leadership, instructional leadership, and educational programs for disadvantaged students. He has coauthored two other books with Lorin Anderson for Corwin Press, including A Handbook for Teacher Leaders (1995 and Teacher Peer Assistance and Review: A Practical Guide for Teachers and Administrators (2001).
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceAbout the Author1. It's Better to Know Some of the Questions Than All of the Answers2. What Is a Leader?3. What Do I Care About?4. What Do I Believe About People?5. Am I Willing to Share Power?6. Do I Care Enough to Do the Little Things?7. What Does It Mean to Be Responsible?8. Am I Willing to Stand on Top of the Pole?9. Am I Taking Care of My Water Buffalo?10. Why Am I Doing This?11, Who's the King of the Jungle?12. Why Can't Parents Be More Objective About Their Own Children?13. What Does It Mean to Be a Teacher?14. Can You Just Call Me Willie, Mrs. Peterson?15. Can I Care Enough to Be My Own Best Friend?16. Why Haven't Our Schools Been More Successful?17. How Is a School Transformed?18. Why Am I a Professional Educator?19. Will That Be a Senior Coffee?20. Your Leadership Becomes You!References
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this well written, caring book, Dr. Pellicer reminds us that the true measure of a good leader is his/her ability to care enough about personal goals and those that are lead, to make sure they are following. He gives wonderful examples of ways to ensure that you are doing this and although aimed at educators, his book is appropriate for many, particularly in these troubled times. '...leaders build organizations where risk taking is encouraged, where effort is celebrated and rewarded just as much as success. Such leaders are never out on the high wire alone. They build a safety net of mutual trust and respect that can sustain them in case they fall' (p.51).