ERIC Number: ED332312
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
John W. Gardner on Leadership.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Leadership is a concept that some school administrators know generally and others specifically. The term takes on new meanings and dimensions every time it is articulated. The tasks of leadership are envisioning goals, affirming values, motivating, managing, achieving workable unity, explaining, serving as a symbol, representing the group, and renewing. Effective two-way communication is essential to proper functioning of leader-constituent interaction. Leaders are preoccupied with the capacity to bring about intended consequences in the behavior of others. Leaders who understand that when high performance is expected its likelihood increases have an important qualification for moral leadership. Fourteen qualities of leaders include courage, confidence, and flexibility. Development of leadership extends over many years. Leaders must motivate people and have skills such as agreement building, networking, exercising nonjurisdictional power, and institution building in order to deal with complex situations. An interview with John W. Gardner is transcribed. (EJS)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Training, Management Development, Pamphlets, School Administration
Publication Sales, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($2.00 prepaid; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.