ERIC Number: ED451607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
If You Want To Lead, Not Just Manage: A Primer for Principals.
Dunklee, Dennis R.
This book is premised on the conviction that being a successful principal is more than being a good manager. Becoming an effective school leader means understanding the culture as well as acquiring the technical skills. The book discusses the personalities and value systems that school leaders need to succeed. It is designed for first-year administrators and graduate students who will find it a gauge in determining what it takes to become a successful principal. In the textbook world, schools and school districts are described as a culture that places high value on, and supports and enhances, openness, high trust, caring, and sharing. It is a culture that strives for consensus but supports and values differences, and that advocates human growth and development. However, in the real world of schools and school districts, principals may eventually achieve the textbook definition, but they will have to earn and maintain that right. This book is designed to help the reader find the starting line to becoming an effective principal. It is designed to teach prospective and current administrators how to lead rather than just apply technical skills. Key issues include matching one's personality with the role of principal; navigating the school culture successfully; changing the organization without alienating the culture; and marketing oneself as well as the school. (Contains 16 pages of references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Accountability, Administrative Organization, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Organizational Development, Principals, Public Schools, School Administration, School Culture, School Organization
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-7619-7647-7, $22.95; hardback: ISBN-0-7619-7646-9, $51.95). Tel: 805-499-9734; Fax: 800-4-1-SCHOOL (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.corwinpress.com.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Foreword by Gerald W. Bracey.