ERIC Number: ED444221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Managing Leadership Transitions in Education Partnerships. Final.
This brief, which is part of a series of concept papers on educational partnerships, focuses on changes in leadership. The paper offers strategies for addressing turnover in key personnel in both existing and developing alliances and provides some suggestions for sustaining collaborative partnerships over time. It states that leadership transitions do not have to be disruptive, and that by bringing in a new member, planning ahead, and building a more sustainable alliance, partnerships can cope with a transition in leadership. The article suggests that leadership is not restricted to personnel at the top--it can be any person who plays a guiding, mobilizing role. When a key person leaves, successful alliances immediately acknowledge the void and begin to find ways to work through the transition. By expressing and resolving different viewpoints about the departure, partners can develop a clearer understanding of their vision. In addition to responding quickly, they should develop a strategy for identifying the next steps to take and then focus on reducing tensions created by the change. When a new leader is brought into the partnership, he or she should be provided the background of the partnership and be given time to become familiar with how the partnership works. (Contains 11 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WestEd, San Francisco, CA.
Note: Prepared with Kate Rix.