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ERIC Number: ED457601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 201
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-7619-2157-5
What It Means To Be a Principal: Your Guide to Leadership.
Daresh, John C.
This book introduces the new principal or potential principal to an awareness of how the leadership role of that position is different from that of the teacher. Each of the 12 chapters begins with an incident in the life of a typical first-year principal as a way to discuss leadership concerns. The book closely examines the history of the perception of the principal's role, but only as a way to help the reader form his or her own view of leadership. "Personal Philosophies to Guide Action" helps to clarify the assumptions and values behind a principal's educational platform. The third and fourth chapters consider the "Building Level Administrators" and the role of "Superintendent and Central Office Administrators." In "Differing Views of Administration" and in "Visions of Leadership," the changing interpretations of these concepts allow the reader to select and adhere to a discernible managerial philosophy on a consistent basis. "What It Means To Be in Charge" examines the use of power and authority. "Conflict as Part of the Job" emphasizes reducing the emotional level of people involved in the inevitable conflicts. "Who Runs the Schools" ponders the role of teachers, teachers' organizations, parents, community members, and boards of education. "Frustrations of Leadership" offers ways to deal with the negative side of leadership. Finally, "Keeping the Journey Alive" reminds the reader of the need to find personal connections with other leaders and to pursue professional development. (Contains 88 references.) (RKJ)
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-7619-2156-7, $29.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-7619-2157-5, $65.95). Tel: 805-499-9734; Fax: 800-4-1-SCHOOL (Toll Free); e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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