ERIC Number: ED436027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Lessons Learned Along the Way: Survival Tips for School Leaders.
This book recounts the informal history of one educator's 20 years in administration. The stories describe common sense, nonsense, inspiration, and failures--reinforcing the idea that leaders should rely on experience, not books or lectures, to refine their leadership skills. The text tells stories about team work, admitting mistakes, listening to criticism, not making empty threats, spending more time solving problems than complaining about them, planning to be happy, choosing words carefully, supporting people important to the organization, helping senior colleagues, nurturing relationships, being a leader in different situations, picking up paper in the parking lot, treating people with respect, dating the boss, knowing when to tell people things they do not want to hear, being the difference in the lives of children, picking battles wisely, knowing when to laugh, promoting employees for the right reasons, remembering the gifts received during life, remembering why a job offer was made in the first place, respecting the opposition, solving problems as close to their point of origin as possible, speaking a few reasonable words, choosing wisely what information to share with a board, hiring the best people possible, treating other people's money with the highest respect, and using time wisely. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Training, Personal Narratives, Principals, Professional Development, Superintendents
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore St., Arlington, VA 22209 (AASA Stock Number 236-008, member price $14.95; list price $19.95); Tel: 888-2272; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.