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From School Administrator to School Leader
15 Keys to Maximizing Your Leadership Potential

ISBN 9781138903517
Published June 15, 2015 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

Learn how to become a leader who truly empowers and inspires others. This practical book shows you how to move from being a manager or administrator who simply gets things done to a leader who motivates others to succeed, creating a more positive work environment. The book covers 15 keys to success that can be used by those in any type of leadership position, from superintendent to principal to department chair or teacher-leader.

You’ll discover how to...

• Determine your own leadership style;

• Develop your strengths;

• Develop those you lead;

• Be a leader, not just a manager;

• Find your voice;

• Influence school culture;

• Be accountable to those you lead;

• Communicate effectively;

• Lead with EQ vs IQ;

• Be flexible, adaptable, and creative;

• Respond effectively to crisis;

• and much more!

Each chapter provides a variety of strategies for building a particular skill. It also features interviews with well-known leaders from different fields. These experts offer advice that will teach and inspire you as you learn to maximize your own leadership potential.

Table of Contents

    Meet the Authors

    Leadership Experts


    Key 1: Know Your Own Leadership Style

    Key 2: Develop Your Strengths

    Key 3: Develop Those You Lead

    Key 4: Be a Leader, Not Just a Manager

    Key 5: Find Your Voice

    Key 6: Influence School Culture

    Key 7: Be Accountable to Those You Lead

    Key 8: Communicate Effectively

    Key 9: Lead with Wisdom

    Key 10: Become Resilient and Persevering

    Key 11: Lead with EQ vs IQ

    Key 12: Balance Your Personal and Professional Life

    Key 13: Be Flexible, Adaptable, and Creative

    Key 14: Respond Effectively to Crisis

    Key 15: Know When to Seek Help



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Brad Johnson is an international speaker in the field of education. He has spent over 20 years in the education field and currently teaches graduate courses in leadership.

Julie Sessions has worked in education for 21 years. She is currently a lower school curriculum coordinator at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina. 


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Author - Brad  Johnson

Brad Johnson

Cumming, Georgia, USA

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"An impressive-sounding title on a business card doesn’t necessarily translate into an effective leader. Drs. Johnson and Sessions provide a ‘how to’ for individuals in leadership positions as well as those aspiring to reach these positions. The book is full of powerful reflections that can make lasting impressions for anyone hoping to climb career ladders."  

--Dan Domenech, Executive Director of The School Superintendents Association (AASA)

"Brad and Julie have written a key book for educational leadership. They have captured the realities of leading through constant change  and provide the traits that are found in the strongest leaders. These practitioners’ "pearls of wisdom" offer a detailed explanation of the skills needed to be a well-rounded leader."

--G.A. Buie, President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)