"This book is right on target with its thought-provoking ideas and concepts on the characteristics of successful educational leaders."---Thomas F. Leahy, Consultant, Executive Search Department Illinois Association of School Boards
"Our best teachers obtain great results by building positive relationships with their students. Gray and Streshly show how our best principals do the same thing and how these behaviors can be learned and practiced."---Kevin Singer, Superintendent, Topeka Public Schools, KS
Great leaders are made, not born. Written by the authors of From Good Schools to Great Schools, this sequel shows how great school leaders can be developed and how leaders can acquire the powerful personal leadership characteristics that the best administrators use to lead their schools to greatness.
Based on sound strategies and the work of Jim Collins, Susan Penny Gray and William A. Streshly tackle how to build relationships, communicate effectively, exercise your personal will with humility, face brutal facts, get faculty on board, and build a school culture of self-discipline.
Appropriate for both individual and group professional development, Leading Good Schools to Greatness reveals how leadership skills can be learned and used to take your school to the next level.
"Our best teachers obtain great results by building positive relationships with their students. Gray and Streshly show how our best principals do the same thing and how these behaviors can be learned and practiced." -- Kevin Singer, Superintendent
"This book synthesizes the research and provides activities and reflections that guide leaders to master the art of leading good schools to greatness in a practical, thoughtful way." -- Sandra Harris, Professor, Lamar University
"This book is right on target with its thought-provoking ideas and concepts on the characteristics of successful educational leaders. It would have been so helpful for me to have this tool when I began working in educational leadership 37 years ago." -- Thomas F. Leahy, Consultant, Executive Search Department
"This book is a must-read for anyone who would like to take the necessary steps to improve their schools, instructional practices, and skill in leadership." -- Robyn Fette
List of Figures and TablesForeword by George MantheyPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors1. The Skills for Leading Good Schools to Greatness Can Be Learned Applying Good to Great Research to School Principals Conversations With Highly Successful Principals Administrator Preparation Program Reform Reflection2. First, Build Relationships Reflection Assess Your Leadership Capacity A Behavior Different From That of Effective Private Sector Executives The Three Key Elements Needed to Build Relationships Constructing Your Personal Profile of a Highly Effective Principal Part I: Building Trust Part II: Engaging in Effective Interpersonal Communication Part III: Encouraging Constructive Conflict Around Ideas Ask an Effective Principal Reflection3. How to Exercise Your Professional Will With Humility Reflection Assess Your Leadership Capacity Research on the Risks of Charismatic Leadership For Schools Distinguishing Personal Humility Is Not So Easy What Highly Successful Principals Say Conveying a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility Strategies for Exhibiting Professional Will While Remaining Humble Practical Application of Strategies for Exhibiting a Duality of Professional Will and Personal Humility Ask an Effective Principal Reflection4. How to Face the Brutal Facts...Then Do Something about Them Reflection Assess Your Leadership Capacity The Research on Confronting the Brutal Facts and Unwavering Resolve What Highly Successful Principals Say About Confronting the Brutal Facts Strategies for Confronting the Brutal Facts and Then Doing Something About Them Ask an Effective Principal Reflection5. How to Get the Right Faculty on Board Reflection Assess Your Leadership Capacity The Research on Getting the Right People What the Right Place for the Right People Is The Wrong People for the School What Highly Successful Principals Say about Getting the Right People Strategies for Getting (and Keeping) the Right People Practical Application of Strategies for Getting the Right Faculty on Board Ask an Effective Principal Reflection6. How to Find and Promote the Hedgehog Concept in Your School Reflection Educators Differ from CEOs Assess Your Leadership Capacity Research on the Hedgehog Concept Highly Successful Principals Exhibit the Hedgehog Concept Strategies for Understanding and Executing the Hedgehog Concept in Schools One School's Process for Developing New Mission and Vision Statements Practical Application of Strategies for Finding and Promoting the Hedgehog Concept Ask an Effective Principal Reflection7. How to Build a School-Wide Culture of Self-Discipline Reflection Assess Your Leadership Capacity The Research on a Culture of Self-Discipline What Highly Successful Principals Do to Build a School-Wide Culture of Self-Discipline Practical Application of Strategies for Building a Culture of Self-Discipline Ask an Effective Principal Reflection8. The Road Ahead Research on Leadership Preparation What to Look for in a Principal Preparation Program Tips to Help New Principals Succeed A Final WordResource A: Research MethodologyResource B: Interview Participant SelectionResource C: Principal Interview Questions Derived From Collins' (2001) CEO Interview Questions and Demographic QuestionnaireReferencesSuggested ReadingsIndex