ERIC Number: ED450442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
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The Intuitive Principal: A Guide to Leadership.
Dyer, Karen M.; Carothers, Jacqueline
Professional demands on school administrators continue to multiply exponentially. Effective administrators require solid preparation programs, continuing professional development, extensive experience, mentoring, and the support of supervisor and school colleagues. Chapter 1, "Intuitive Ways of Knowing," references research on intuition, including information about levels of intuitive input, and the different stages involved in intuitive explorations. Chapter 2, "Developing Behaviors of Intuitive Leadership," examines intuitive leaders and their abilities to "read" the environment. Some behaviors characteristic of intuitive leaders include recognition of timing, a willingness to act, understanding the importance of shared values, embracing shared leadership, trust, collaboration, and a balance in personal and positional political power. Chapter 3, "Powerful Communication: Reading the Silent Language," demonstrates that communication dexterity is paramount to a leader's success, and provides insight into several forms of communication, including listening, speaking, writing, body language, and silence. Intuitive skills can be applied to practical situations involving the art of communication. Chapter 4, "Intuition and the Paradoxes of Leadership," addresses the major paradoxes of leadership, including the leader-versus-manager orientation, autocrat-versus-indecisive decision-making styles, "facilitator-versus-obstructor," and delegating-versus-leader-centered approaches to solving problems. Leaders must provide opportunities for both themselves and their constituents to become skilled in problem solving and decision making. Leaders must empower the staff to make possible the delegation of authority. Effective leaders should realize the important benefits that result from creating collaborative climates. (Contains 26 references.) (TEJ)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Classroom Communication, Communication Research, Communication Skills, Creative Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Empowerment, Interpersonal Communication, Intuition, Leaders Guides, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Nonverbal Communication, Perception, Problem Solving, Professional Development, Social Values, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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