ERIC Number: ED495631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-13
Transformational Leadership & Decision Making in Schools
Brower, Robert E.; Balch, Bradley V.
It is essential for every school leader to possess the savvy to effect positive change, raise achievement levels, and foster a positive school climate. Now it seems that the struggle for school leaders to make productive decisions has become clouded with ever-growing uncertainty and skepticism. "Transformational Leadership & Decision Making in Schools" emphasizes the need for a resilient decision-making pedagogy--one that helps school leaders find and re-center their approaches to making effective decisions for their schools and districts. This important resource provides methods and strategies to tackle tough decisions, providing concise step-by-step considerations to transform decision making. The essential information presented includes: (1) A personal decision-making self-assessment; (2) Reflective thinking sections for individual reflection and group dialogue; (3) Discussion of the role of vision and mission; (4) Ideas on motivation and the capacity for change; (5) A look at barriers to decision making; and (6) Information on developing relationships with respect and rapport. Following a preface, this book presents 13 chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Decision-Making Pedagogy: A Leadership Essential; (3) Overcoming Internal Obstacles to Decision Making; (4) Overcoming External Barriers to Decision Making; (5) Aligning Decision Making to the Leader's Mission; (6) Understanding How Human Nature Affects Decision Making; (7) Defining Relationships with Respect and Rapport; (8) Entrust: The Value of Empowerment and Delegation; (9) Creating Motivating Capacities for the Common Good; (10) The Influence of Capitalism on Decision Making; (11) Refining and Rethinking Change in Education; (12) Facing the Challenges of Leadership; and (13) Leadership for the Common Good: The Essential Imperative. This book concludes with: (1) Resource: Decision Making Self-Assessment; (2) a bibliography; and (3) an index.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Decision Making, Transformational Leadership, Achievement, Educational Change, Collegiality, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Institutional Mission, Goal Orientation, Role, Instructional Leadership, School Administration, Motivation, School Districts
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