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ERIC Number: EJ874739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-6224
Voices of Resilience from Successful Female Superintendents
Reed, Diane; Patterson, Jerry
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v5 n2 p89-100 Apr 2007
School superintendents work in increasingly high stakes environments full of adversity. The purpose of this study was to examine how female superintendents apply strategies to confront adversity and become more resilient in the process. Fifteen female superintendents in New York State were interviewed. The findings about resilient leadership are reflected in five action themes that emerged from the data: (a) remain value-driven, not event-driven; (b) comprehensively assess past and current reality; (c) stay positive about future possibilities; (d) maintain a base of caring and support; and (e) act on the courage of your convictions. The study also reports on participant comments about the distinction between resilient female superintendents and male superintendents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York