ERIC Number: ED428452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
On Becoming a School Leader: A Person-Centered Challenge.
Combs, Arthur W.; Miser, Ann B.; Whitaker, Kathryn S.
This book explores the significance of person-centered thinking for leadership in education. Section 1 describes why it is important for school leaders to understand how people's belief systems drive their personal and professional behavior. Section 2 focuses on the need for school leaders to understand how and why people respond to, or resist, change, and section 3 details how organizations influence person-centered leadership and how leaders, in turn, influence organizations. Chapters 1 and 2 introduce the concept of person-centered leadership and describe the kinds of data that leaders should seek and use in their daily work. Chapter 3 provides a foundation for understanding human motivation for behavior and action, and chapter 4 centers on the need for school leaders to develop a climate where learning and change can flourish. In chapter 5, the importance of a healthy self-concept for school elders is illustrated. Several examples of how person-centered leaders help develop positive self-concepts in others are presented in chapter 6, and chapter 7 focuses on why a person-centered leader must demonstrate purpose and commitment. Chapter 8 illustrates the vital role of authenticity in developing a healthy organization, and chapter 9 portrays the symbiotic relationship between leaders and organizations. The last chapter discusses needed changes in university-preparation programs. (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Leaders, Leadership Styles
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.