Four Essential Skills for Transformational School and District Leaders
Discover how to develop and strengthen the four essential skills of effective educational leaders. Inspire a shared vision of strategic change and overcome resistance through strong communication, trust building, empowerment of those you lead, and a focus on results.
- Develop an understanding of educational leadership and change management as skills that can be practiced and improved.
- Consider three questions of transformational leadership—Why? Who? How?—and then Do!
- Learn about the technical and cultural dimensions of change and the ways in which both must be addressed.
- Understand the reasons behind resistance to change and how to manage it through effective leadership.
- Synthesize your skills as a school leader and utilize them to effect strategic change.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Finding Balance for Systems Change
Chapter 2: Communicating the Rationale—Building Cognitive Investment
Chapter 3: Establishing Trust—Making an Emotional Investment
Chapter 4: Building Capacity—Making a Functional Investment
Chapter 5: Getting Results—Collecting the Return on Investment
Chapter 6: Tying It All Together
- Figure 2.1: Strategies for Dealing With a Pessimistic View of Data
- Figure 2.2: Strategies for Improving on What is Already Considered Great
- Figure 2.3: Strategies for Facing Conflict, Lack of Direction, and Power Struggles
- Figure 2.4: Strategies for Seeing the Errors in Current Practice
- Figure 2.5: Strategies for Selling an Initiative to Content Stakeholders
- Figure 2.6: Strategies for Convincing a Large Group of Teachers
- Figure 2.7: Communicating the Rationale Rating Scale
- Figure 3.1: Strategies for Understanding the Challenges of Change
- Figure 3.2: Strategies for Justifying a High-Budget Program
- Figure 3.3: Strategies for Calming Fears
- Figure 3.4: Strategies for Transforming a Rebellious Staff
- Figure 3.5: Strategies for Dealing With Distrust and Pessimism
- Figure 3.6: Strategies for Fulfilling Promises
- Figure 3.7: Establishing Trust Rating Scale
- Figure 4.1: Strategies for Promoting Collective Problem Solving
- Figure 4.2: Strategies for Sharing Instructional Techniques
- Figure 4.3: Strategies for Instituting a Support System
- Figure 4.4: Strategies for Designing Meeting Time
- Figure 4.5: Strategies for Impacting Long-Held Practices
- Figure 4.6: Strategies for Engaging Parents
- Figure 4.7: Building Capacity Rating Scale
- Figure 5.1: Strategies for Addressing a Negative Team Attitude
- Figure 5.2: Strategies for Confronting a Veteran Educator
- Figure 5.3: Strategies for Responding to Lack of Compliance
- Figure 5.4: Strategies for Addressing Refusal to Use Best Practice
- Figure 5.5: Strategies for Checking Progress on Agreed-On Processes
- Figure 5.6: Strategies for Dealing With a Lack of Investment
- Figure 5.7: Getting Results Rating Scale
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