ERIC Number: ED339107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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Testing Our Values: Statements of Beliefs That Underlie Leadership Development.
Whitaker, Kathryn S.
The process through which the policy and beliefs of a leadership development program at the University of Northern Colorado was developed is described in this paper. The departmental philosophy for effective leadership is based on administrative capacity to function within a diverse environment, achievement of a shared organizational vision, and continual learning. Seven belief statements and their rationale based on this philosophy are described: (1) human growth and development are lifelong pursuits; (2) organizations are artifacts of a larger society; (3) learning, teaching, and collegiality are fundamental activities of educational organizations; (4) validated knowledge and active inquiry form the basis of practice; (5) moral and ethical imperatives drive leadership behavior; (6) leadership encompasses a learned set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes; and (7) leaders effect positive change in individuals and organizations. A conclusion is that administrator preparation programs must develop a culture in which leaders understand how to create collegial learning environments that focus on the growth of the total person. (27 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: University of Northern Colorado
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Baltimore, MD, October 1991).