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Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way
How to Be a More Effective Leader in Today's Schools

Second Edition
Edited by:

September 2005 | 216 pages | Corwin
Best selling author Robert D Ramsey updates his comprehensive guide designed to help school leaders become more effective in every aspect of school leadership. Full of sound strategies for improving goal setting and decision-making to effect positive change and improved school climate, Ramsey offers an essential resource for both new and experienced school leaders. Learn more about how to:

- Speak, write, and think like a leader;

- Make data-driven decisions;

- Prioritize and delegate effectively;

- Communicate more clearly in all written and verbal situations;

- Lead ethically and with vision;

- Handle the politics of leadership and come out on top.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

About the Author
Where Have All the Good Leaders Gone?

Can Everyday Administrators Learn "Leadership"? You Bet!

How Leadership in Schools Is Different

The Difference Between Effective School Leaders and Run-of-the-Mill Managers

What It Takes to Be an Effective School Leader Today

1. Making Decisions
Whose Decision Is It?

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Input: How to Get It, Where to Get It, and When to Ignore It

Data-Driven Decision Making: An Old Tool With New Importance

Procrastination Is a Decision-Sometimes, the Right One

Real-World Steps in Decision Making

Intuitive Leadership: When to Trust Your Instincts

2. Planning for the Future
The Planning Habit

How Effective School Leaders Use the Visioning Process

Strategic Planning by the Numbers

The "SMART" Model for Goal Setting

A Flowchart for Effective Planning

Planning Is a Secret Weapon

Planning for Success

3. Getting the Most Out of People
Winning and Losing Leadership Styles

Morale: Does It Matter Anymore?

Shaping a School Culture That Works for Everyone

Is Teamwork All It's Cracked Up to Be?

How to Get the Most Out of Students

How to Get the Most Out of Staff

How to Get the Most Out of the District Office, the School Board, and the Community

How Effective Leaders Get the Most Out of Themselves

4. Bringing About Change
Change: Who Wants It?

Don't Confuse Cosmetic Changes With Real Reform

When to Change and When to Leave Well Enough Alone

Understanding the Evolution of a Revolution: The Many Faces and Phases of Change

Change Strategies That Really Work in Today's School Climate

How to Sell New Ideas and Make Them Work

5. Spending Time
Who Controls a Leader's Time?

Setting Priorities: Paper Versus People

How Effective School Leaders Spend 1,440 Minutes per Day

The Ten Worst Time-Use Mistakes

When and How to Say No

Other Work-Smarter Ways to Save Time

6. Handling Politics
Politics and Schools

Good Politics, Bad Politics

How to Be Politically Savvy: "Street Smarts" for School Leaders

Everyday Political Strategies for Today's School Leaders

Tips on Working With Political Leaders

How to Get Noticed, Get Ahead, and Get Things Done Without Playing Politics

7. Dealing With Setbacks
Setbacks Happen

Worrying Only Makes It Worse

What It Takes to Bounce Back

Is There a Spin Doctor in the House?

Fear Less, Hope More

Building a Reputation as a Survivor

8. Thinking Like a Leader
Anticipatory Thinking: Getting the Jump on Problems

What to Do When the Big Picture Is a Kaleidoscope

Multiscenario Thinking

How to Stay Focused

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective School Leaders, With Apologies to Stephen Covey

More Aids to Clear Thinking

9. Looking and Acting Like an Effective School Leader
Walk Like a Duck

Image Control

There's No One Right Way to Act-But There Are Lots of Wrong Ways

Maintaining a Professional Edge

Manners Still Matter

Paying Attention to the Little Things That Mark a Leader

10. Using the Tools of Leadership
Speaking and Writing Like a Leader

How to Make Meetings Work for You

Guidelines for Working With Committees

Managing While Walking Around (MWWA): Leadership Up Close and Personal

Don't Overlook These Other Leadership Tools

11. Communication Tips for School Leaders
Understanding the Elements of School Communication

More Writing Tips for School Leaders

More Speaking Tips for School Leaders

Tips on Nonverbal Communication

You Can't Kill the Grapevine

A New Wrinkle: The One-Minute Manager Meets the Two-Minute Mind

25 Ways School Leaders Can Improve Communication

12. Practicing Ethical Leadership
Do Ethics Matter Anymore?

Why Ethical Leadership in Schools Is Different

The Concept of "Moral Hazard"

Using Values as a Moral Compass: This Is No Time to Get Lost

Principles for Principals and Other Administrators

A Code of Ethics for Today's School Leaders

13. A Final Word
You Know You're a Leader When . . .

Leadership Is a Choice

Resource A: 105 Ways to Be a Better School Leader Tomorrow
Resource B: What Others Say About Leadership
Resource C: A Beginning Bibliography for School Leaders

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Making Decisions

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ISBN: 9781412915854