ERIC Number: ED387905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Leadership in an Era of Retrenchment.
Cochren, John R.
Many school corporations have reacted to the current financial and political climate by reducing their administrative staffs. This places more responsibility on the remaining administrators, who must do more with less. This paper discusses the implications of downsizing for educational administrators. Various leadership theories, particularly the theory of situational leadership, have been developed that emphasize the need for flexible organizational leadership. Demands placed on school leaders have stretched that flexibility to the limit. The downsizing of educational administration raises the following questions: (1) Who will provide leadership and make decisions if a vacuum of leadership is created? and (2) How can building-level administrators, who become increasingly involved in bureaucratic operations, continue to meet the needs of students and teachers? The paper argues that the reduction-in-force of administrators is a short-sighted solution for meeting schools' complex needs and that it discourages educational leaders from practicing effective leadership. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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