Educational leaders and aspiring leaders are constantly searching for ways to improve the functioning of their institutions. This book provides them with a unique approach to diagnosing a school, school system or college's organizational health and determining what interventions might be necessary to improve their operations. Each chapter of the book is dedicated to one of the ten essential components of an organization like a school, school system or university. Most of the content of each chapter focuses on the implementation of these components, but there is some emphasis on the supporting theory that speaks to why these leadership practices actually work. We know that administrators are busy people; therefore, at the end of each chapter there is a Diagnostic Checklist of questions that should be helpful in quickly assessing the status of these components in an institution and indicating whether they need to be addressed. In the Appendix, there are two diagnostic instruments; Heart Smart surveys I and II that will help in quantifying the assessment process so that the weaknesses can be easily identified and quickly corrected.
Robert H. Palestini is graduate dean and professor educational leadership emeritus at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the Educational Leadership Institute and Center for Urban and Catholic Education at SJU. In his fifty years in the field of education, he has been a science teacher and varsity basketball coach, principal, and superintendent of schools.
Introduction 1 One-Minute Assessment of Organizational Structure 2 One-Minute Assessment of Organizational Culture 3 One-Minute Assessment of Organizational Leadership 4 One-Minute Assessment of the Motivational Process 5 One-Minute Assessment of the Communication Process 6 One-Minute Assessment of the Decision Making Process 7 One-Minute Assessment of the Conflict Resolution Process 8 One-Minute Assessment of the Empowerment Process 9 One-Minute Assessment of the Strategic Planning Process 10 One-Minute Assessment of the Change Process 11 One-Minute Assessment of Leading with Heart 12 What Have We Learned? Appendix: Heart Smart Surveys I & II References About the Author