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The Five Disciplines of PLC Leaders

The Five Disciplines of PLC Leaders

by Timothy D. Kanold


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Outstanding leadership in a professional learning community requires practice and patience. Simply trying harder will not yield results; leaders must proactively train to get better at the skills that matter. This book offers a framework to focus time, energy, and effort on five key disciplines. Included are reflection exercises to help readers find their own path toward effective PLC leadership.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935543428
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Essentials for Principals
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 199,231
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

About The Author xi

Foreword xiii

Introduction: Professional Learning Community Leadership: Disciplined Leaders Required 1

The Paradoxes of Leadership 2

Training to Run the PLC Race 3

The Disciplined PLC Leader 5

The Five Disciplines of School Leadership 5

The Benefits of Leadership Discipline Training 8

Chapter 1 The Discipline of Vision and Values 11

Connecting Your Personal Vision and Values to Daily Decision Making 13

Refining Your Personal Vision 15

Connecting Your Personal Passion to the Vision of Professional Learning Communities 17

Creating Vision Ownership for Sustainability 19

Teaching the Vision 21

Creating Vision Clarity 22

Creating Vision Alignment and Focus 24

Improving Vision Through Double-Loop Learning 28

Study Guide 32

Chapter 2 The Discipline of Accountability and Celebration 35

The Courage to Do More Than Monitor 39

Monitoring the "Right Things" 40

Getting to "Loose-Tight" Leadership 41

Rejecting the Laissez-Faire Stance 43

Knowing What Is and Is Not a "Choice" 44

Defining Autonomy and Defending Boundaries 46

Turning Vision Into Action 50

Rejecting Victim Speak 53

Understanding Tiers of Accountability 55

Leading a Well-Designed System for Monitoring Continuous Improvement 59

Implementing the Continuous Improvement Model 62

Spending the Human Capital of Encouragement 71

The Tall Poppy Syndrome 73

Study Guide 76

Chapter 3 The Discipline of Service and Sharing 79

Growing Emotional intelligence 82

Cultivating an N-S-E-W Sphere of Influence 85

Pursuing Level 5 Leadership 88

Showing Humility 90

Building an Expanded Leadership Base 91

Creating a Relational Culture 94

Study Guide 117

Chapter 4 The Discipline of Reflection and Balance 119

Refusing to Multitask 121

Using Technology Strategically 124

Avoiding Excuses 127

Paying Attention to Students and Adults 130

Providing Motivation 3.0 134

Pursuing Optimal Learning Experiences 137

Becoming Engaged and Reflective 142

Creating Balance 147

Pursuing Internal Balance 150

Study Guide 154

Chapter 5 The Discipline of Inspiration and Influence 157

The PLC Leader's Legacy 159

Legacy Practice 1 Responding to Failure 163

Legacy Practice 2 Preventing Deep Regret 168

Legacy Practice 3 Choosing the Path of Enduring Inspiration 173

PLC Leadership Inspiration Matters 179

PLC Leaders Are Remembered for What They Do for Others 180

Study Guide 182

Epilogue: The Professional Learning Community as a School Movement 185

References And Resources 189

Index 195

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