ERIC Number: ED371455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Leadership Paradox: Balancing Logic and Artistry in Schools. Jossey-Bass Education Series.
Deal, Terrence E.; Peterson, Kent D.
This book illustrates how principals can simultaneously act as efficient managers and effective leaders. Through a mixture of "knowing about" and "knowing how," the book offers new strategies to help principals integrate the technical management role with the symbolic leadership role. Chapter 1 illustrates the tension between the two approaches in a dialogue between a principal and a superintendent. Chapter 2 expands the key roles of technical engineers and spiritual artists and the ways these roles are enacted by two very different principals. Problems and paradoxes that principals face are described in the third chapter, which examines how bifocal principals can combine technical and symbolic approaches to make their daily lives more consistent and influential. Chapter 4 provides an indepth picture of a bifocal principal who blends technical and symbolic roles in the flow of work, with a focus on how she balances the daily, weekly, and yearly calendars. The fifth chapter shows how schools can blend technical and symbolic aspects of the organization to become more balanced and successful. Chapter 6 describes the paradoxes and challenges of improvement efforts and the ways in which school leaders can integrate roles to facilitate successful educational change. The final chapter examines the complexities of work and forecasts the future challenges of becoming and being a bifocal principal. Two tables and one exhibit are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Principals
Jossey-Bass, Inc., Publishers, 350 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94104. For sales outside U.S.: Maxwell Macmillan, International Publishing Group, 866 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Washington, DC.