Blundering Leadership: Missteps by School Administrators

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Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2010 - Education - 211 pages
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Often new leaders commit a series of missteps that create dissention and dissatisfaction, ultimately alienating staff. This book is designed to steer future leaders and newly promoted leaders away from these missteps. The authors share ideas to aid new leaders in making fewer mistakes that alienate constituents and subordinates and increase the likelihood of failure. With severe financial problems and increasing diverse cultures and values, today's leaders face greater challenges and need to hit the ground running. This book presents real-life leadership scenarios that resulted in negative outcomes; discusses missteps to avoid; reviews current leadership literature relevant to the scenarios; and provides leadership tips, tools, and self-development exercises.

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Tamara Arnott is a licensed public school administrator and educator with twenty years of experience in public, private, non-profit, and for-profit K–12 and higher education settings. Arnott's leadership practice is dedicated to improving the environmental conditions in which teachers and students work and learn daily.
Gayla Holmgren-Hoeller has more than twenty-five years in education administration leadership positions, including assistant superintendent, high school principal, assistant principal, and post-secondary administrator. Holmgren-Hoeller has mentored numerous principals, taught education administration classes at the university level, worked extensively with federal grant, and currently works in K–12 accreditation and school improvement.

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