ERIC Number: ED298642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul-26
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Managing vs. Leading Our Schools.
Lawson, John H.
A revolution in American management is underway, based on theory, research, and hard fact, whose goal is to improve the productivity of our organizations, especially in the private sector, that must compete with other organizations here and abroad. The factor that empowers the work force and ultimately determines which organizations succeed or fail is leadership. Recent investigations of leadership have disclosed six characteristics of leaders: (1) long-term thinking; (2) awareness of relationship of part to whole; (3) emphasis on intangibles, such as vision, values, and motivation; (4) outstanding management skills; (5) excellent communications skills; and (6) focus on organizational renewal. In schools, which are more complex organizations, leadership involves management of attention, meaning, trust, and selves. Such leadership is evident when people feel significant, learning and competence matter, people are part of a community, and work is exciting. To be successful in the information age, schools must reorganize to provide flexibility, creativity, and innovation. This involves a shift from a hierarchical system to a model that emphasizes process and involvement of those affected, but where the leader still sets the agenda and inspires others to work together in pursuit of common objectives. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Keynote speech given before the Leadership Development Institute (Waterville Valley, NH, July 25-29, 1988).