ERIC Number: ED437713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership and Knowledge for Change: Toward Continuous Improvement--In School Districts of the Future.
Obisesan, Anthonia A.; Cooper, Bruce S.
This paper discusses the critical link between leadership and change. It describes three public-school organizations' reform efforts, basing its discussion on the leaders who guided the schools. The paper claims that the role of leadership must include the art of leading and changing, and it focuses on how to understand influence, paradigm shifts, and the workers' importance as they adapt their understanding of Quality Management (QM) to a working structure. The leaders profiled here designed the changes, based on their understanding of QM, by inventing a new structural framework that focused on people as the organization's greatest asset. Each leader designed the implementation differently, using the practical team structure in a consensus of one culture. The team's management system replaced the one-man model of decision-making in each of the districts. Some of the characteristics associated with leadership for change included a commitment to a continuous self-development that promotes a vision for the future and a desire for principals to lead the school administrative team and to formulate a mission statement with a focus on the central-office mission. All the schools' goals reflected the district mission and goals, and each staff member supported the institutional goal. (Contains 18 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A