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Characteristics of Effective Leaders

Barnes and Kriger (1986) suggest that previous theories of leadership were insufficient because they "deal more with the single leader and multi-follower concept than with organizational leadership in a pluralistic sense" (p. 15). They contend that leadership is not found in one individual's traits or skills but is a characteristic of the entire organization, in which "leader roles overlapped, complemented each other, and shifted from time to time and from person to person. . . .[implying a] more inclusive concept of leadership" (p. 16).

"All leaders have the capacity to create a compelling vision, one that takes people to a new place, and the ability to translate that vision into reality" (Bennis, 1990, p. 46). Current leadership literature frequently characterizes the leader as the vision holder, the keeper of the dream, or the person who has a vision of the organization's purpose. By Sylvia Mendez-Morse

Leadership Traits
Leadership is not magnetic personality — that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not 'making friends and influencing people' — that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Author: Peter F. Drucker

Leadership Characteristics
A compilation of leadership character traits from Marzano, Collins, Fullan and Reeves:
accountable, accepting, accessible, collaborative, decisive, disciplined, empathetic, ethical, fair, focused, global thinker, honest, intelligent, involved, organized, perceptive, positive, resourceful, risk-taker, supportive, team player, trustworthy and visionary.

Eduactional Leadership Tool Kit
- This website is a collection of tips and pointers, articles, case studies and other resources for educational leaders addressing issues around technology and eduction. One section on Professional and Leadership Development is especially helpful.


The Challenge of Change
Making Community Connections for Meaningful & Lasting Change
By Ian Jukes

The success of your community depends upon the ability of your students to release their full intellectual and creative potential, so part of your conversation with the community must convince them that your schools needs to change because they were not designed for this purpose.

This Is Educational Leadership__

An interview with a MichiganPrincipal about what he does as an educational leader.

Some demonstrated qualities that make an exceptional school leader include: b
eing visible, having a positive presence, providing organizational support for teachers to interact, frequently reviewing student progress

Drive the Change
This is an inspirational video that was created by a company called Incedo Group. Although it is geared towards business or management it can also apply to education. It encourages the viewer to think about themselves as a leader.

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Our Leadership is to promote student achivement not to prevent!

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Group 3 - Educational Leadership

In educational leadership teachers are sometimes pushed to the bottom of the pecking order.

Leadership Quotes
The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it. -Theodore Roosevelt
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -John Quincy Adams

Article from Teacher Magazine, Perspective section - Doctor, Lawyer, Teacher - How to Professionalize the Profession by Ronald A. Wolk

Interesting Thoughts from our Discussion Forum
  • I think that an effective leader possesses the ability to inspire the faculty to work towards a common goal that everyone is united behind.
  • A good leader will encourage parent attendance and create events to bring parents in and discuss their students learning and what we can do as a team.
  • When it comes to implementing a change, they must understand that it takes time and effort and be willing to work with the teachers.
  • Our staff was included in more decision making, felt more valued, was encouraged to work harder and with the ILT, staff meetings were conducted in a positive light, the ILT allowed for professional dialogue to occur, provided staff with time to work through new obstacles etc.
  • They are not afraid of giving their power to the employees and in return they almost always gain more power by getting the support and commitment of their employees.
  • Their commitment to their vision influence and inspire others to follow the same path as entire school community.
  • It’s important for a leader to remain true to their colleagues, get the job done in support of their colleagues and customers and promote creativity and collaboration.
  • A leader should always be striving to go above and beyond the expectations that were set forth at the beginning of the task.
  • A leader needs to be thorough and explore all their avenues so they know who has the talent to help them in each unique situation.

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