ERIC Number: ED396361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Developing Women Leaders: The Art of "Stalking" the Superintendency.
Brunner, C. Cryss
This paper uses the seven principles of "stalking," the cultural wisdom for training Yaqui Indian warriors as described by Carlos Castenada, as a framework for organizing insights shared by successful women superintendents. "Stalking" is a metaphor for the process through which women seek success as superintendents. The research used a modified version of the reputational method (Hunter 1953) to locate 12 women superintendents from across the United States. Interviews were conducted with each superintendent and with two other administrators within each school district. In accordance with the seven principles of stalking, the administrators: (1) retained their gender identity; (2) set priorities to accommodate their work; (3) simplified their focus and demonstrated persistence; (4) were fearless risk-takers; (5) guarded their private selves; (6) used time efficiently; and (7) utilized collaborative power. The original principles for Yaqui warriors were: Choose the battleground; discard the unnecessary; aim for simplicity; fear nothing; retreat temporarily when faced with insurmountable odds; do not waste time; and never push oneself to the front. The paper also discusses how the interview process changed the researcher. (Contains 43 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (San Diego, CA, March 8-11, 1996).