Organizational Behavior for School Leadership provides a theoretical and practical framework to help emerging leaders build the mental models they need to be effective. Presenting traditional, modern, and contemporary perspectives, each chapter offers opportunities for readers to reflect on the ideas and apply their leadership perspective and skills to their own work settings. In this way, this important book helps graduate students in educational leadership understand organizational situations and circumstances, an essential step in making appropriate decisions about people, school operations, and the community that generate improved student and teacher outcomes.
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"At once comprehensive with respect to models and theories of organizational change, while also containing practical guidelines and learning objectives, Organizational Behavior for School Leadership is a gem of a book. This treasure trove of system insights, case studies, and targeted ideas for reflections and actions reads like a guide to improving your leadership and those with whom you work. I highly recommend it."
-Michael Fullan O.C., Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
"The most powerful integration of theory and practice on school leadership that I have seen. One of the rare books that leaves learners ready to lead."
-Joseph Murphy, Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education and Associate Dean, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University
"Organizational Behavior for School Leadership sets the stage for future administrators to learn, grow and become in the art of effective leadership. As a former building principal, district office administrator and currently a practicing consultant in the area of school organization and restructuring, I commend the work of Dr. Leslie Kaplan and Dr. William Owings for providing a thorough review of the history and research of organizational behavior accompanied by practical suggestions for implementation. Knowing this text is available as a guide, I have great hope for the leaders of tomorrow’s schools and districts."
-Elliot Y. Merenbloom, Educational Consultant, Co-Author of The Educational Leader’s Guide for School Scheduling
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Chapter 1: Leading Organizations: Evolving Perspectives
Chapter 2: Leadership Theory: Managing Tasks and People (late Nineteenth to late Twentieth Centuries)
Chapter 3: Contemporary Theories: Leadership as a Shared Process
Chapter 4: Motivating People to Accomplish Organizational Goals
Chapter 5: Leading Organizational Change/Organizational Learning
Chapter 6: Managing Conflict for Organizational Effectiveness
Chapter 7: Communication in Organizations
Chapter 8: Building the Organization’s Capacity
Chapter 9: Problem Solving and Decision Making
Chapter 10: Ethical Decision Making in Organizations
Chapter 11: Allocating Educational Resources