Essay: School Leadership

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[. . .] Data and material information is overwhelming viewed as a sort of panacea in this presentation and ignores some of the more subtle qualities that leadership emanates. The language the authors used in this book suggested that data and information are holy and irreplaceable pools of motivation that should be held with the utmost respect. While I do see the value in these types of feedback, the leader's job is much more nuanced than simply the processing of mathematical data.

Personality, charisma and empathy are mostly ignored in this book as beneficial tools that can help school leaders. These ideas are touched upon in the second part of the book dealing with culture. Culture is addressed as a means of control and not a result of it. The book tends to ignore my own personal feeling on culture that suggests that culture is merely a reflection of the sum total experiences of the group contributing towards it. Culture cannot essentially be controlled it can only be experienced and dealt with. Leaders set the culture with their actions and words, and is nothing more than a mirror. The book tends to use culture like a whip, to be used to garner respect and develop success. This attitude does not necessarily jibe with my own philosophy, but I do understand how these authors would want to incorporate such an important idea into their hypotheses.

Conclusions and Final Thoughts

The authors were at their most lucid when they wrote " professional development only matters if it translates from paper to practice, driving real improvements to student learning, ' (p.130). In other words their book is completely and utterly useless unless some application of its contents are actually employed in the material world. This is the most important lesson I gathered from this literature. Regardless of what is written or imagined, leadership and the benefits from its practices must be realized in the actual world, and discussion, idea formulation and critique are all supplementary ideas in this larger process.


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