Outstanding School Administrators: Their Keys to Success

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INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Outstanding school leaders value the opportunity they have to institutionalize a part of their contribution. They believe in public education; they recognize the institution has been instrumental in providing the caliber of individuals who have made this country the strongest, most successful, most imitated, and most compassionate country in the world. They recognize that if the country is to remain strong, it must constantly provide more inspired, more motivated, more willing individuals who move humankind forward. Outstanding leaders recognize the vital role they play in making the country strong, and they welcome the opportunity and the obligation to do so.


THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN AMERICA

The world is changing dramatically. Walls are coming down and iron curtains shredded. Tyranny is being silenced, and even the most stubborn dictators are losing their confidence and power. American blue jeans, Nike shoes, and American music are becoming as much of an icon as the Statue of Liberty. Democracy is hailed universally to set people free.

The Founding Fathers consistently acknowledged the need for an educated citizenry for the preservation of democracy. Yet endless criticism of education is evidenced in recent books that prefer to damn democracy and education rather than praise it. For example, Allan Bloom Closing of the American Mind, Charles J. Syke Profscam, and Roger Kimball Tenured Radicals all link educational crisis with progressivism, equality, and radical professors.

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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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