Educational administrators know that leadership requires hundreds of judgments each day that require a sensitivity and understanding of various leadership strategies. Bridging the gap between the academic and practical world, A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories provides an exploration of ten dominant leadership strategies to give school leaders a solid basis in theory and practical application. Demonstrating the advantages and drawbacks of each theory, readers are encouraged to discover the most appropriate strategy, or combination of strategies, that will best enable their school to achieve positive results.
Each Chapter Includes:
Introductory vignettes grounding the leadership theory in practice
Discussion of the history, development, and utility of the strategy
Research findings for further exploration of the theory
End-of-chapter questions and activities designed to connect theory to practice
This book is essential reading for aspiring and practicing school leaders who wish to have a better understanding of their leadership role. Providing a focused, up-to-date introduction to the current themes and dimensions of educational leadership, A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories presents all the tools necessary to analyze and implement effective leadership in readers' own settings.
Matthew Lynch is Assistant Professor of Education at Widener University.
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Transformational Leadership: The (Un)Disputed Champion of Leadership Strategies Chapter 2: Instructional Leadership: A Catalyst for the Promotion of Teaching and Learning Chapter 3: Distributed Leadership: A Humanistic Approach to Shared Governance Chapter 4: Ethical Leadership: Using Your Moral Compass to Steer the Ship Chapter 5: Emotional Leadership: Using Your Heart to Lead Chapter 6: Entrepreneurial Leadership: How Schools Can Learn from Business Leaders Chapter 7: Strategic Leadership: Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail Chapter 8: Sustainable Leadership: The Race Is Won by Those Who Endure Chapter 9: Invitational Leadership: Developing a School Culture of Trust, Respect, and Hope Chapter 10: Constructivist Leadership: A Framework for Building Sustainable School Improvement