The call for entrepreneurial leadership in education has never been stronger, but there is little descriptive information about this kind of leadership and even less advice on how a leader might grow in this dimension. Beginning with the constant need for innovation in every learning organization, the author makes a case for an entrepreneurial style of leadership in education. The author paints a multi-faceted picture of entrepreneurial leadership using stories of real leaders in combination with writings from the social sciences, education, natural sciences, business and the arts. The incursion of business practices in education is also addressed head-on. The author defends the historic, democratic tradition of education against 21st century neoliberal trends, while allowing room to learn from best practices in other fields. The role of risk-taking and incentives is examined along with leadership motives. The goal of this book is not just better leaders, but educational organizations that are entrepreneurial in nature. The author offers practical advice to educational leaders, from teachers to principals to superintendents, on practical steps toward a more innovative organization.
Specific chapters on the school leader, teacher leaders and school partnerships offer practical wisdom for out-of-the-box thinking.
Jack Leonard has served in education for 45 years, from pre-school to graduate school, as a teacher, administrator and school founder. He now teaches and conducts research on leadership and school partnerships for the Leadership in Urban Schools program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Preface Introduction Acknowledgments Chapter One: The Case for Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education Entrepreneurial Leaders: Risky but Required Why All the Interest in Innovation? What Does Innovation Mean? What Is Entrepreneurial Leadership? Entrepreneurial Leadership Traits Entrepreneurial Behaviors Why Aren't There More Entrepreneurial Leaders in Education? The Place for Risk in Public Education Conclusion Chapter Two: Maximizing Entrepreneurial Leadership Defining Economic Entrepreneurism The Social Entrepreneur Entrepreneurial Leadership Versus Other Leadership Theories More Leadership Styles Maximizing Entrepreneurship A Case Study: the Early College Program Conclusion Chapter 3: Entrepreneurial Organizations Leading for Innovation Organizational Characteristics Discretion Professional Learning Communities Proximity Reorganization Incentives The Early College Case Study Reconsidered Conclusion Chapter 4: Leading an Entrepreneurial Organization A Case Study: Dunbar High Innovation in the 1980s Scalability What about the Principal? Cultural Reform Strategy Phase Two at Dunbar Professional Development Conclusion Chapter 5: The Entrepreneurial Teacher Leader What Is Teacher Leadership? An Example of a Teacher Leader A Case Study: Dunbar Again A Different Kind of Teacher Leadership A Historical Look Economic and Social Definitions How Teachers Perceive Teacher Leadership? Strategies for Effective Entrepreneurial Communities of Practice Principals Who Encourage Entrepreneurial Teacher Leadership Parallel Leadership Conclusion Chapter 6: Partnerships for Entrepreneurial Innovation The Power and Promise of Partnerships in Education Caveats and Concerns Two Theories Multiple Partners: Exosystem Work Cultural Cohesion A Bad Example Good Examples Tight Coupling on a Larger Scale Sustainability Boundary Spanners Benefits Conclusion Chapter 7: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Everyone Measurements Entrepreneurial Disruptions Social Effects Political Gains Economics The Creative World Conclusion