ERIC Number: ED495567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-11
Strategic Listening for School Leaders
Tate, Jeannine S.; Dunklee, Dennis R.
The ability to communicate effectively with multiple constituencies is recognized as an essential characteristic of effective leaders. Listening strategically is a way of showing parents, students, faculty, staff, and others that their ideas and beliefs are of value. The authors' practitioner-friendly book concentrates on the importance of listening as a critical interpersonal skill for school leaders in guiding their organizations. "Strategic Listening for School Leaders" offers valuable, practical insights and research on how listening, serious conversation, and thoughtful dialogue strengthen school leaders' ability to understand others' strengths, motivations, and weaknesses. By learning to listen, the authors demonstrate how a leader can bring out the best in everyone. Focusing on an effective style of listening, the authors present: (1) The basic theories underlying strategic listening; (2) Succinct examples of strategic listening in practice; (3) The positive impact of strategic listening on school leadership and school climate. "Strategic Listening for School Leaders" will help advance one's overall communication expertise and open up a whole new world of possibilities for student success. Following a foreword by Roland S. Barth, a preface, and an introduction, this book is divided into two parts. Part I, Strategic Listening in Theory, presents: (1) Understanding the Basics of Strategic Listening; (2) The Listening Process and Different Ways We Listen; and (3) Barriers to Effective Listening. Part II, Strategic Listening in Practice, continues with: (4) Strategic Listening in Difficult Situations; (5) Listening to Your Constituencies and Managing Your Allegiance; (6) Strategic Listening to Build Trust; (7) An Insider's Look at Strategic Listening in Action; (8) Listening to and Presenting Data; and (9) Considerations for Your Own Practice. The book concludes with one resource; a list of references; and an index.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Effectiveness, Listening, Listening Skills, Leadership Qualities, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Data, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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