ERIC Number: ED424640
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
If I Only Knew...: Success Strategies for Navigating the Principalship.
Alvy, Harvey B.; Robbins, Pam
This text offers guidelines, checklists, advice from other principals, and reflections intended to make a principal's day on the job run more smoothly. Several themes are stressed throughout the book: school administration as a human-relations enterprise; increasing awareness of the principal's socialization process; the leader as a lifelong learner; viewing the school as an ecosystem; purposeful visibility; organizational/ethical alignment; celebrating student and faculty achievements; and the principal as a leader of instructional leaders. The text is divided into two parts. In part 1, "The Challenges and Problems Facing Rookie and Veteran Principals New to Their Schools," such topics as the loneliness of the principalship, the time juggernaut, expectations of the instructional leader, the complexity of relationships, and management concerns are addressed. In part 2, "Finding Solutions to the Challenges and Problems," the areas covered include becoming a lifelong learner, human relations and authentic communications, honoring the veteran staff, balancing leadership and management, and implementing a proactive behavioral program. (Contains an index and 89 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Beginning Principals, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leaders Guides, Leadership Styles, Leadership Training, School Administration
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paper: ISBN-0-8039-6644-X, $24.95; cloth: ISBN-0-8039-6643-1, $55.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Foreword by Roland S. Barth.