Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

By Frederick C. Wendel; Fred A. Hoke et al. | Go to book overview

INTRODUCTION

This book is a tribute to seekers of success--to those who want to plumb the depths of the human spirit. The book is a guide to those tired of studying disease to discover a cure. The premise of the book is that to become healthy, individuals must pattern the ways of the healthy. To be successful, individuals must study and implement the habits and attitudes of the successful.

All educators, administrators included, must improve. Administrators must bring the best of everything into their lives to make substantial progress and to tap their potential. The best part of education is taking off the shackles that have bound us--recognizing that much of what we have learned and become has been put upon us by well-meaning friends, teachers, and parents. But something inside each of us continues to question that information. Now after years of dissecting industry, government, and the schools, we want to know those characteristics of administrators who really are making a difference--who have peeled back some of the outmoded concepts and revealed the core essence of successful school administrators.

In the 1980s, especially after the publication of A Nation at Risk, which lamented a "rising tide of mediocrity" in schools, negative criticism of education, public education, educators, and administrators abounded. Not everyone thought that the first light of doomsday was dawning upon public education in America, however. How could the good news be broadcast as well as the bad news? To share the good news of what was transpiring in education, we launched Project Success. Project Success was conceived to tell the good news of what happens in schools,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - Educational Philosophy 1
  • Summary 43
  • References 44
  • 2 - Values 45
  • Summary 57
  • References 58
  • 3 - Visionary Leadership 60
  • Summary 68
  • References 69
  • 4 - Institutional Leadership 71
  • Summary 79
  • References 79
  • 5 - Commitment 80
  • Summary 86
  • 6 - Interpersonal Relations 87
  • Summary 107
  • References 107
  • 7 - Innovation and Quality 108
  • Summary 127
  • References 128
  • 8 - Risk Taking 130
  • 9 - Communication 138
  • Summary 155
  • References 155
  • 10 - Selection 157
  • 11 - Personal Development and Professional Organizations 165
  • References 173
  • Index 175
  • About the Authors 182
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