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Lifelong Leadership by Design: How to Do More Good for Kids and Feel Better About Your Life's Work / Edition 1

Lifelong Leadership by Design: How to Do More Good for Kids and Feel Better About Your Life's Work / Edition 1

by Robert D. Ramsey
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    ISBN-13: 2901412969061
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Publication date: 10/29/2009
    Edition description: New Edition
    Pages: 208
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Robert D. Ramsey is a lifelong educator who has served as a "leader of leaders" in three award-winning school districts in two different states. His frontline experience includes positions a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, acting superintendent, and adjunct professor. Most recently, he has served as associate superintendent in the St. Louis Park (MN) schools, where every school has been designated by the federal government as a National School of Excellence. Ramsey is now working full-time as a freelance writer in Minneapolis.

    Table of Contents

    Preface: It's Not My High School Principal's Predictable Career Path Anymore ix

    Acknowledgments xi

    About the Author xiii

    About the Title xv

    Introduction: No-Limit Leadership by Design 1

    1 Your Chosen Journey: Building a Better Leadership Career on Purpose 5

    Is This What You Want? 7

    Are You Leadership Material? 8

    What's a Career? What's Not? 11

    Who's in Control? 13

    What Should You Expect? 15

    What's the Plan? 17

    2 The Seven Critical Choices That Shape Your Leadership 23

    1 Choosing Core Values 24

    2 Leading With Attitude 26

    3 Defining Stretch Goals 28

    4 Getting Priorities Straight 29

    5 Finding Role Models 31

    6 Associates by Choice 32

    7 Picking the Right Battles 33

    Choosing When It's Confusing 35

    3 Overcoming Self-imposed Limits, Career Blockers, and False Ceilings 39

    False Ceilings and Self-Made Lirnitations 40

    Other Self-Sabotaging Behaviors 47

    4 Natural Laws of lifelong School Leadership 53

    Natural Laws You Can Use 54

    Natural Laws of Career Design 55

    Natural Laws of School Leadership 60

    Ignorance Is No Excuse 67

    5 Navigation Tips for a Lifelong Journey in School Leadership 69

    The Journey Begins in Your Mind 71

    Seeking, Starting, Stopping, and Switching Jobs as a School Leader (or Growing Where You're Planted) 73

    Becoming Indispensable, Promotable, and Transferable 86

    The Most Important Skill of All for Today's (and Tomorrow's) School Leaders 87

    How to Step Up, Stand Out, and Stand Apart as a School Leader 90

    Staying the Course and Staying Motivated 93

    Finding Your Soul as a School Leader 96

    6 Success "Secrets" for Career School Leaders 101

    The Power of Thinking Big 102

    Leading Others: BuildingRelationships to Get Results 103

    Leading Yourself: Managing the Most Difficult Person of All 114

    7 Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks to Effective School Leadership 121

    Common Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks for School Leaders 122

    The Most Influential Career Stepping Stones and Stumbling Blocks 130

    The Boss Factor 133

    The Job Itself as a Stumbling Block 136

    The Resilient School Leader: Overcoming Stumbling Blocks and Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities 138

    8 Making Tough Calls and Hard Choices 145

    Deciding to Decide 146

    Career-Changing Choices 147

    A How-to-Decide Guide 156

    A Permanent State of Transition 162

    9 Evolution of a Lifelong Career and Leaving a Lasting Legacy 163

    Developmental Phases of Successful School Leadership 165

    Every Phase Adds Value to the Legacy 169

    Definition of a Legacy 170

    Planting Seeds for Lasting Impact 174

    How to Design a Legacy to Be Proud Of 174

    10 A Final Word 179

    Resource A: What Others Say 181

    Resource B: Read More About It 183

    Index 185

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