ERIC Number: ED433622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Are You Sure You're the Principal? On Being an Authentic Leader.
This book is intended to encourage and support leaders in being authentic. It draws on the stories and anecdotes of an educator who has been a school principal for 20 years. Two organizing principles structure the 6 chapters: the core issues of leadership are illustrated and discussed through stories while the evolution of a leader is portrayed. It is hoped that practicing administrators and school leaders, parents, and those concerned with women's experiences in leadership will readily identify with the issues presented in the book. Chapter 1 addresses the need to come to terms with stereotypes and distortions, whereas chapter 2 provides insights on dealing with staff members. Chapter 3 treats the importance of empowerment and innovation, and chapter 4 presents stories about a school community and how leadership affected the ways that trusting and respectful relationships were formed. Chapter 5 highlights each person's need for recognition and acceptance and provides insights on what can be done to help others learn about self-acceptance and acceptance of others. The last chapter offers stories about guidance, support, and affirmation, and how, being reminded of traits and abilities, each person can avoid getting bogged down from confusion and self-doubt. (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Case Studies, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leaders Guides, Leadership Qualities, Principals, Professional Development
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6805-1, $17.95). Tel: 805-499-9774; Fax: 805-499-5323.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Parents; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Foreword by Roland S. Barth.