ERIC Number: ED359652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Transformational Leadership: Profile of a High School Principal.
Liontos, Lynn Balster
OSSC Bulletin, v36 n9 Jul 1993
Drawing on extensive staff interviews, this publication profiles a high school principal in Eugene, Oregon, who exhibits many aspects of transformational leadership. Transformational leadership is improvement oriented and comprises three elements: (1) a collaborative, shared decision-making approach; (2) an emphasis on teacher professionalism and empowerment; and (3) an understanding of change, including how to encourage change in others. Bob Anderson is principal at North Eugene High School, which has evolved into an outstanding, innovative school under his leadership. Chapter 1 tells how Anderson entered the administration field and describes his personality. Chapter 2, devoted to Anderson's first years at North Eugene, traces his evolution as a transformational leader and describes how he set the stage for risk-taking, growth, and change. Chapters 3 through 7 focus on five key aspects of transformational leadership: working in teams, seeing the big picture, empowering others, creating ownership, and continually improving the school. Chapter 8 summarizes and analyzes Anderson's leadership style, discussing how it differs from models in the literature, describing the way he leads, and identifying how his leadership has affected North Eugene High School. Anderson is a nondirective, flexible, nurturing, and intuitive administrator who has successfully striven for improved student achievement, collaborative school restructuring, and leader expendability. (Contains 23 references and 14 interviews.) (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Effectiveness, Biographies, Change Agents, Educational Improvement, High Schools, Participative Decision Making, Personality Traits, Principals, School Restructuring, Teamwork, Transformational Leadership
Publication Sales, Oregon School Study Council, University of Oregon, 1787 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403 ($7 prepaid, nonmember; $4.50 prepaid, member; $3 postage and handling on billed orders).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.