The Leadership Assignment Creating Change

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-12-13
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The Leadership Assignment shows how educators can effectively change and renew schools aided by a key resource people in the schools. This book is for educators who are immersed in leading and managing change and school renewal. It is action-driven with many tools and applications, but is based on solid research and theory from thinkers such as Kurt Lewin, Abraham Maslow, and Edgar Schein. Eight change principles form the core chapters that will assist readers to create continuously renewing organizations. Throughout the book, case studies illustrate the change process and real life struggles leaders face as they work in educational organizations.

Table of Contents

Each chapter contains a "Reflection in action" section and concludes with "Suggestions for action".


1. Change principle: Be prepared to lead change.
The Nature of change.
Change readiness assessment.
Constructive change.

2. Change principle: Knowledge is power.
Personal assessment on presence of leadership characteristics that facilitate change.
Lewin, Schein, Argyris, and Maslow's influence on change leadership.
Learning from Lewin.
Learning from Schein.
Learning from Argyris.
Learning from Maslow.

3. Change principle: Create empowering mental models.
Recognizing mental models.
Purpose of mental models.
Mental models in action.
Governing variables.
Mental models and organizations.
Identifying mental models, driving and restraining forces.

4. Change principle: Overcome resistance to change.
How we think about change.
Stages of change and analogical reasoning.
Parallel system at work.
Grieving over change.
Actions that create conditions for the acceptance of change.

5. Change principle: Lead change.
Ethical imperative for change.
Generating a change environment.
Changing culture.

6. Change principle: Accelerate the change process.
The rules of the game.
Understanding scripts.
Change catalyst.

7. Change principle: Manage stress and promote acceptance of change.
Understanding stress.
Stress symptoms.
Changing the dynamics.

8. Change principle: Organizational renewal is perpetual change.
A reflective conversation with the principal.
Lesson one: People are the secret to success.
Lesson two: Create healthy organizations.
Lesson three: Effective leadership is power.
Lesson four: It's all about attitude.
Lesson five: Leaders link actions and policies to change.
Lesson six: Reinvent your organization - not the wheel.
Lesson seven: Renewing organizations are self-actualizing organizations.

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