ERIC Number: ED406718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Strategies of a Leader. ERIC Digest, Number 105.
A decade ago, principals were asked to become instructional leaders who exercised firm control by setting goals, maintaining discipline, and evaluating results. Today they are encouraged to act as facilitative leaders by building teams, creating networks, and "governing from the center." Rapid shifts in administrative philosophy can be frustrating for practitioners, especially if they are seeking the one best way to lead. These seemingly contradictory approaches, however, can be viewed as complementary strategies rather than as competing paradigms. This digest outlines the tenets of three broad leadership strategies--hierarchical, transformational, and facilitative. It offers the following guidelines for choosing leadership strategies: (1) leaders should use strategies flexibly; (2) leaders should balance short-term and long-term needs; (3) strategic choices must serve institutional values; and (4) the same action can serve more than one strategy. (Contains nine references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Instructional Leadership, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles
Editor, ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207 (free; $3 postage and handling waived if stamped, self-addressed envelope enclosed).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.