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ERIC Number: EJ917580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
School Leadership Teaming
West, Cathie E.
Principal, v90 n3 p10-13 Jan-Feb 2011
To improve student achievement schools need the leadership of knowledgeable, highly skilled, and visionary principals and superintendents. Exemplary school leadership doesn't develop in isolation, however. Strong leadership grows from dynamic, collaborative, and intentional interactions between superintendents and their principals. These savvy administrators form an interdependent relationship that brings a team approach to challenges and strengthens the competence of every school leader. Becoming a competent team is not as easy as it sounds. Superintendents must forge solid relationships with their principals that begin by getting to know each on a personal level. It also includes recognizing principals' unique talents, remaining open to their differing viewpoints, and incorporating team members' diverse ideas into a collective vision for the future. Likewise, principals must build healthy relationships with their superintendent. This involves knowing and understanding their leader's interpersonal style, administrative approach, core beliefs, and mission. How is this accomplished? An in-depth interview with the superintendent is a good starting point. Additional insights can be gained by observing their boss in action, serving on superintendent-directed committees, and reading school district communiques such as vision statements, newsletters, and school board reports. Effective superintendent-principal teaming also requires every administrator's commitment, dedication, and professionalism. This article lists major barriers that impede team success and provides suggestions that will help principals and superintendents overcome barriers and create a powerful, enduring partnership. This article also presents six professional development strategies for principals and superintendents striving to become a high-powered team.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A