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Leading Good Schools to Greatness
Mastering What Great Principals Do Well

Foreword by George Manthey


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Leadership | Principalship

September 2010 | 208 pages | Corwin

"This book is right on target with its thought-provoking ideas and concepts on the characteristics of successful educational leaders."
—Thomas F. Leahy, Consultant, Executive Search Department, Illinois Association of School Boards

"Our best teachers obtain great results by building positive relationships with their students. Gray and Streshly show how our best principals do the same thing and how these behaviors can be learned and practiced."
—Kevin Singer, Superintendent, Topeka Public Schools, KS

Build your capacity to lead your school to greatness!

Great leaders are made, not born. Written by the authors of From Good Schools to Great Schools, this sequel shows how great school leaders can be developed and how leaders can acquire the powerful personal leadership characteristics that the best administrators use to lead their schools to greatness.

Based on sound strategies and the work of Jim Collins, Susan Penny Gray and William A. Streshly tackle how to build relationships, communicate effectively, exercise your personal will with humility, face brutal facts, get faculty on board, and build a school culture of self-discipline. Chapters include:

  • Case studies that provide an ongoing context for professional learning
  • Self-assessments that reveal your inherent leadership dispositions
  • Interviews and tips from exceptional principals in the field
  • Strategies for developing specific leadership qualities
  • Application exercises that reinforce how to put the strategies into action
  • Reflection activities that encourage professional growth

Appropriate for both individual and group professional development, Leading Good Schools to Greatness reveals how leadership skills can be learned and used to take your school to the next level.


 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Foreword by George Manthey
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Skills for Leading Good Schools to Greatness Can Be Learned
Applying Good to Great Research to School Principals  
Conversations With Highly Successful Principals  
Administrator Preparation Program Reform  
Reflection  
 
2. First, Build Relationships
Reflection  
Assess Your Leadership Capacity  
A Behavior Different From That of Effective Private Sector Executives  
The Three Key Elements Needed to Build Relationships  
Constructing Your Personal Profile of a Highly Effective Principal  
Part I: Building Trust  
Part II: Engaging in Effective Interpersonal Communication  
Part III: Encouraging Constructive Conflict Around Ideas  
Ask an Effective Principal  
Reflection  
 
3. How to Exercise Your Professional Will With Humility
Reflection  
Assess Your Leadership Capacity  
Research on the Risks of Charismatic Leadership For Schools  
Distinguishing Personal Humility Is Not So Easy  
What Highly Successful Principals Say Conveying a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility  
Strategies for Exhibiting Professional Will While Remaining Humble  
Practical Application of Strategies for Exhibiting a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility  
Ask an Effective Principal  
Reflection  
 
4. How to Face the Brutal Facts…Then Do Something about Them
Reflection  
Assess Your Leadership Capacity  
The Research on Confronting the Brutal Facts and Unwavering Resolve  
What Highly Successful Principals Say About Confronting the Brutal Facts  
Strategies for Confronting the Brutal Facts and Then Doing Something About Them  
Ask an Effective Principal  
Reflection  
 
5. How to Get the Right Faculty on Board
Reflection  
Assess Your Leadership Capacity  
The Research on Getting the Right People  
What the Right Place for the Right People Is  
The Wrong People for the School  
What Highly Successful Principals Say about Getting the Right People  
Strategies for Getting (and Keeping) the Right People  
Practical Application of Strategies for Getting the Right Faculty on Board  
Ask an Effective Principal  
Reflection  
 
6. How to Find and Promote the Hedgehog Concept in Your School
Reflection  
Educators Differ from CEOs  
Assess Your Leadership Capacity  
Research on the Hedgehog Concept  
Highly Successful Principals Exhibit the Hedgehog Concept  
Strategies for Understanding and Executing the Hedgehog Concept in Schools  
One School’s Process for Developing New Mission and Vision Statements  
Practical Application of Strategies for Finding and Promoting the Hedgehog Concept  
Ask an Effective Principal  
Reflection  
 
7. How to Build a School-Wide Culture of Self-Discipline
Reflection  
Assess Your Leadership Capacity  
The Research on a Culture of Self-Discipline  
What Highly Successful Principals Do to Build a School-Wide Culture of Self-Discipline  
Practical Application of Strategies for Building a Culture of Self-Discipline  
Ask an Effective Principal  
Reflection  
 
8. The Road Ahead
Research on Leadership Preparation  
What to Look for in a Principal Preparation Program  
Tips to Help New Principals Succeed  
A Final Word  
 
Resource A: Research Methodology
 
Resource B: Interview Participant Selection
 
Resource C: Principal Interview Questions Derived From Collins’ (2001) CEO Interview Questions and Demographic Questionnaire
 
References
 
Suggested Readings
 
Index

"Our best teachers obtain great results by building positive relationships with their students. Gray and Streshly show how our best principals do the same thing and how these behaviors can be learned and practiced."

Kevin Singer, Superintendent
Topeka Public Schools, KS

“This book synthesizes the research and provides activities and reflections that guide leaders to master the art of leading good schools to greatness in a practical, thoughtful way.”

Sandra Harris, Professor, Lamar University
Author, Learning From the Best

"This book is right on target with its thought-provoking ideas and concepts on the characteristics of successful educational leaders. It would have been so helpful for me to have this tool when I began working in educational leadership 37 years ago.”

Thomas F. Leahy, Consultant, Executive Search Department
Illinois Association of School Boards

"This book is a must-read for anyone who would like to take the necessary steps to improve their schools, instructional practices, and skill in leadership."

Robyn Fette
OAESA Principal Navigator magazine, Winter 2011
Key features
Real school scenarios are presented. As the reader moves to focusing on each characteristic and behavior of effective school leadership, new problems and challenges are presented as the scenarios continue to unfold. A variety of strategies and activities will be introduced to foster principal leadership that promotes positive shared results.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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