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Transformational Leadership & Decision Making in Schools
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Transformational Leadership & Decision Making in Schools



April 2005 | 144 pages | Corwin
"Public education is constantly evolving, and new challenges require school officials to be insightful, prepared, and innovative. It is because of these changing times that this book, which offers a different view of systems analysis and organizational behavior, is so valuable."
Frank Bush, Executive Director
Indiana School Boards Association

"Educational leaders need a basis for confident decision making. The authors have a solution for challenging times."
Kay Harmless, Interim Director, Indiana Principal Leadership Academy
Indiana Department of Education

What decisions are in the best interest of students, teachers, staff, and others in your school community?

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 your decision making. The essential information presented includes:

  • A personal decision-making self-assessment
  • Reflective thinking sections for individual reflection and group dialogue
  • Discussion of the role of vision and mission
  • Ideas on motivation and the capacity for change
  • A look at barriers to decision making
  • Information on developing relationships with respect and rapport

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
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
 
13. Leadership for the Common Good: The Essential Imperative
 
Resource: Decision Making Self-Assessment
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Public education is constantly evolving, and new challenges require school officials to be insightful, well planned, and innovative. It is because of these changing times that this book, which offers a different view of systems analysis and organizational behavior, is so valuable."

Frank Bush, Executive Director
Indiana School Boards Association

"Educational leaders need a basis for confident decision making. The authors have a solution for challenging times."

Kay Harmless, Interim Director, Indiana Principal Leadership Academy
Indiana Department of Education

"A great read for leaders desiring to practically apply principles of sincerity, integrity, and commitment to an organization's culture."

James Thompson, President
Gibraltar Design, Inc.

"As we prepare educational leaders, Transformational Leadership & Decision Making is a must read."

Debra Lecklider, Assistant Professor
Butler University

"In my 25 years of school administration, Transformational Leadership & Decision Making in Schools is the first book that makes sense. When followed, it really works!"

Terry Russell, Principal
North Montgomery High School, IN

"Finally-a book outlining how to 'lead' in education, by authors whose knowledge comes frontline practice and success."

Senator Luke Kenley
State of Indiana

"The authors provide a self-assessment to help school leaders reflect on their own effectiveness in decision making. May be of interest to school leaders, and could prompt interesting professional growth conversations. Could also be an effective resource for graduate coursework in educational leadership."

Principal Navigator, January 2007
Key features

 

  • Includes examples, a case study, and self-assessment for reader application
  • Offers an effective decision-making framework to improve school leadership

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Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction


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