ERIC Number: ED387904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Selecting a Superintendent: A Leader or an Implementor?
Cochren, John R.
Selecting a superintendent is one of the most critical decisions that a school board can make. Choosing an appropriate superintendent is fundamental for achieving the board's mission of the school corporation. This paper argues that boards need to address the question, Do we want a leader or an implementor? The paper describes various leadership theories that are applicable to the superintendent-selection process. Demings (1990) referred to the concept of "constancy of purpose" in bringing new approaches successfully to industry. Other theorists argue that alignment between the individual superintendent and the actual expectations of the position is crucial for success. The hiring of a superintendent should be viewed as a critical element of long-term planning. Boards should included parents and nonparents, business and community leaders, faculty, and staff in the selection process in order to promote stability of purpose. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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