The call for entrepreneurial leadership in education has never been stronger, but there is little descriptive information about this kind of leadership and even less advice on how a leader might grow in this dimension. Beginning with the constant need for innovation in every learning organization, the author makes a case for an entrepreneurial style of leadership in education.
The author paints a multi-faceted picture of entrepreneurial leadership using stories of real leaders in combination with writings from the social sciences, education, natural sciences, business and the arts. The incursion of business practices in education is also addressed head-on. The author defends the historic, democratic tradition of education against 21st century neoliberal trends, while allowing room to learn from best practices in other fields. The role of risk-taking and incentives is examined along with leadership motives.
The goal of this book is not just better leaders, but educational organizations that are entrepreneurial in nature. The author offers practical advice to educational leaders, from teachers to principals to superintendents, on practical steps toward a more innovative organization. Specific chapters on the school leader, teacher leaders and school partnerships offer practical wisdom for out-of-the-box thinking.
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About the Author
Jack Leonard has served in education for 45 years, from pre-school to graduate school, as a teacher, administrator and school founder. He now teaches and conducts research on leadership and school partnerships for the Leadership in Urban Schools program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Case for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education
Entrepreneurial Leaders: Risky but Required
Why All the Interest in Innovation?
What Does Innovation Mean?
What Is Entrepreneurial Leadership?
Entrepreneurial Leadership Traits
Why Aren’t There More Entrepreneurial Leaders in Education?
The Place for Risk in Public Education
Chapter Two: Maximizing Entrepreneurial Leadership
Defining Economic Entrepreneurism
The Social Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurial Leadership Versus Other Leadership Theories
More Leadership Styles
A Case Study: the Early College Program
Chapter 3: Entrepreneurial Organizations
Leading for Innovation
Professional Learning Communities
The Early College Case Study Reconsidered
Chapter 4: Leading an Entrepreneurial Organization
A Case Study: Dunbar High
Innovation in the 1980s
What about the Principal?
Cultural Reform Strategy
Phase Two at Dunbar
Chapter 5: The Entrepreneurial Teacher Leader
What Is Teacher Leadership?
An Example of a Teacher Leader
A Case Study: Dunbar Again
A Different Kind of Teacher Leadership
A Historical Look
Economic and Social Definitions
How Teachers Perceive Teacher Leadership?
Strategies for Effective Entrepreneurial Communities of Practice
Principals Who Encourage Entrepreneurial Teacher Leadership
Chapter 6: Partnerships for Entrepreneurial Innovation
The Power and Promise of Partnerships in Education
Caveats and Concerns
Multiple Partners: Exosystem Work
A Bad Example
Tight Coupling on a Larger Scale
Chapter 7: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Everyone
The Creative World