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Making Time to Lead

Making Time to Lead
How Principals Can Stay on Top of It All

January 2004 | 96 pages | Corwin
Due to the ever-increasing demands of the Headship, Head Teachers are leaving the schools in record numbers. Both primary and secondary heads claim their average workweek is between 80-90 hours. To complicate matters, the current emphasis in university, induction, and training programmes for headteachers is on leadership - instructional, curricular, ethical, etc. Lost in this focus are the day-to-day demands that often make managing one's time as challenging as leading a school. Making Time to Lead provides timesaving tips, strategies, and practical ideas that will help headteachers better manage themselves, their office, and ultimately their school. The book will be divided into topical chapters: getting organized, creating a calendar, communicating with stakeholders, delegating responsibilities, planning through the summer, maintaining the personal touch, taking care of oneself.
About the Authors
1. Organizing
Setting Up Your Organizational System

Make To-Do Lists

Keep Up With Mail

Make Special Folders

Clip, Post, and Save Those Articles

Creating Your Own Filing System

Carry Your Desk With You

Technology Can Set You Free

Copying Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Be Your School's Historian

Be Ready For Prospective Parents

Note Cards: The Best Invention Since Sliced Bread

The Master Key Is a Must

Student Planners

2. Time
Building Your Calendar

Being in Two Places at Once


Getting Started

Coffee Shop Time

Telephone Time

Save Your Calendars


3. Communication
How to Use a Telephone

Visibility: Leading by Walking Around

The Working Lunch

Parents as Partners

Public Presentations

4. Delegation
Questions to Ask

Use Your Staff

Faculty Meetings Can Be Fun

5. Summer
Staff Selection

Save Those Resumes

Student Placement Records

Student Placement Procedures

Keeping Your Files Active

Getting Ready for the Year

Remember Your Own Professional Development

6. People
Know Your Faculty and Staff

Learn Those Student Names

Break Bread Together

The Little Things Do Matter

Buy Stock in Hallmark

Everyone Values a Break

Let Them Eat Ice Cream

7. Self
Keep a Journal


Study Groups


Preparing Future Principals

Administrative Retreats

Pamper Yourself

Teach a Class

Reading and Sharing

Resource A: Today's Agenda
Resource B: Yearly Task List
Resource C: Faculty Note Cards
Resource D: Student Planner Memo
Resource E: Aspiring Administrator Training Brochure
Resource F: Administrative Retreat Memo

This book would be a wonderful guide for someone new to the profession. The practical strategies and ideas will truly help that first year principal.

Rick Doss, Principal
Brownsburg Junior High School, Indianapolis, IN

The examples and suggested activities are great with lots of simple suggestions that are real and practical--very effective!

Kevin Peterson, Principal
Red Bank Elementary, Clovis, CA

"This is not your ordinary time management tome. Making Time to Lead is a geared to the specialized needs of principals and will help you 'find the time to lead--as well as manage--schools.'"

Principal, September/October 2004

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Organizing

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