Leading From Below the Surface
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Leading From Below the Surface

A Non-Traditional Approach to School Leadership


© 2005 | 112 pages | Corwin

"Creighton gets leaders to look further and more deeply at what is going on within an organization. He clearly demonstrates that looking 'below the surface' at motivations, struggles, and challenges is imperative."
Pamela Flood, Assistant Professor
Florida State University

A groundbreaking model that digs deeper to uncover the root of effective leadership!Filling the gap between existing theoretical models and real-world practice, this landmark guide introduces a fresh paradigm shift that will shape the future of successful school leadership. Brimming with straightforward how-to's and practical examples, the book draws upon the latest influential best practices of effective business management and tailors them to meet the needs of educational leaders at all levels.

Leading From Below the Surface offers a deeper exploration of the more subjective, intangible aspects of leadership to get to the real issues, moving decision making outside the confines of school boardrooms and offices and into the dynamic hallways, community centers, school kitchens, and playgrounds.

Special features include:

  • Tools for expanding beyond data-based to evidence-based decision making for an enlightened perspective
  • Tactics for building political capital
  • Time management tips
  • Reader-friendly text and real-life scenarios for practical application

Leading From Below the Surface empowers educators to take a more comprehensive approach to managing schools that can boost teacher morale, student achievement, and community perceptions for overall success.

Preface
What This Book Is Not About  
Acknowledgments  
About the Author
1. Introduction
First, What Is the Surface?  
OK, Now What Does "Below the Surface" Mean?  
Leadership Is Both Objective and Subjective  
2. What Does Traditional Leadership Look Like, and
How Did We Get Here from There?
Behavioral Leadership  
Situational Leadership  
Contingency Leadership Theory  
Path-Goal Theory of Leadership  
Transformational Leadership Theory  
A Conceptual Framework for Leading From Below the Surface  
3. What Is Leading From Below the Surface?
Bending the Rules Without Breaking Them  
Managing Your Portfolio of Political Capital  
Bourdieu and Capital  
4. Evidence-Based Decision Making
Below the Surface: Data- or Evidence-Based?  
Data-Driven vs. Evidence-Based Decision Making  
Attendance Rates vs. Absence Rates  
Narrowing the Achievement Gap  
Dropout Rate: 2% or 28%?  
Concluding Thoughts  
5. Institutional Effectiveness vs. Strategy
A Closer Look at Strategy  
How Does Strategy Relate to School Leadership?  
Describing the Strategy  
Identifying Positive and Negative Forces  
6. Cooperation vs. Collaboration
Closing Thoughts  
7. Looking Beyond the Obvious
From Superintendent to Secretary of Education  
The SAT Story  
Not Settling for Embroidering the Edges  
Concluding Thoughts  
8. Creating Leadership Behaviors: A Leadership Practice Field
OK, On to a Leadership Practice Field  
Defining a Practice  
A Practice Field Further Defined  
Practicing Leading From Below the Surface  
Practicing Listening  
Practicing Respecting  
9. Implications for Practicing School Administrators
Accountability  
Leading From Below the Surface  
The Disjuncture Between Societal Use and School Use of Technology  
The Virtual Classroom  
References
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction


"Creighton gets leaders to look further and more deeply at what is going on within an organization. He clearly demonstrates that looking ‘below the surface’ at motivations, struggles, and challenges is imperative."

Pamela Flood, Assistant Professor
Florida State University

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