ERIC Number: ED478532
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Resilient Superintendents. Fastback 509.
Wertz, Dan C.
This report is based on interviews of 18 school superintendents who demonstrate the quality know as resilience. The 14 men and 4 women averaged 17 years as superintendent, serving 3 rural, 13 suburban, and 2 urban school districts. It was found that resilient superintendents deal with challenges in positive ways. They do not dwell on the negative features, such as personnel issues, political acrimony, difficult board members, and irrational demands from constituents. Successful superintendents found parts of their jobs elevating: they liked making a difference, helping others succeed, influencing positive change, and learning from new ideas. These superintendents had learned to develop the intuitive skills that allowed them to read a situation, put the parts together, and direct the action needed. They did not try to solve problems unilaterally; rather, they collected data from many sources, knowing that, as individuals, they never will have the assets needed to develop and implement alternative strategies to problems. They work toward the positive, keeping the goal in sight, realizing that they will need to make a decision. They delegate responsibility, let go once they delegate, and know how to act on urgent issues. They build collaborative relationships, and they maintain a balanced life, deciding what is important, and are unafraid to say "no." (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrative Principles, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, School Supervision, Superintendents
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