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The Art of Educational Leadership
Balancing Performance and Accountability



October 2007 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book stresses the human side of leadership as the central feature regarding credibility in the public forums where leadership is really tested. As such, leadership is an art because it involves performance as a form of public theater.

No other text on this topic demonstrates so ably how the field has been lopsidedly dominated by science to the detriment of art. Leadership cannot be improved by simply defining it better; it has to be practiced. The real improvement of practice is rooted in the art, i.e., the application.

Key Features:

o Presentation of the idea that leadership is an art, the practice of leadership is not a science but an applied art

o Content material is connected to self-discovery and learning how to be critically reflective via journal writing

o Connection to films as an excellent method to learn about leading in context.

Each chapter has a glossary of critical terms and concepts which help the reader learn and understand important vocabulary.

 
Preface
 
1. The Leadership Challenge
Leaders and Leadership are Universal in the Human Experience  
Pursuing Graduate Study to Become the “Complete Leader”  
Leadership Is an Art Because It Involves a Purposive Construction of Self  
The Importance of Individual Agency  
Leadership Is an Acquired Set of Habits and Skills  
Why Academic Study?  
Is There a Difference Between Leadership and Management?  
The Basis of Authority  
The Use of Power and Sanctions  
Follower Relations and Interactions  
Role Legitimacy and Relationships  
Creativity  
The Necessary Alliance: Leadership and Management  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
2. Archetypes of Leadership in the Human Experience
An Example of a Personal Leadership Journey  
The Origins of Leadership  
Leadership is Universal —But Leaders Are Contextual and Culturally Specific Actors  
The American Monomyth in Action  
Gender Barriers in Mythos and Religion  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
3. Mental Prisms of Leadership
Discerning Contemporary Notions of Perception and Truth  
How Do We Know What We Perceive Is True? Theories of Truth  
Linguistic Difficulties with Theories of Truth  
The Uses of Truth in Science  
Pursuing “Truth” in Educational Leadership  
Tracing the Influence of Herbert Simon and the Doctrine of Efficiency  
A Final Commentary About Theories of Truth  
Pursuing Leaning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
4. Individual Human Agency and Principles of Action
The Apex of Decision-Making: The Oracle of Delphi  
The Gardner Cognitive Model of Leadership  
There’s No Getting Around Who the Leader Is and What Is Important  
The Antipodes of Moral Discourse  
A Man of Unbending Principle Changes the Center of Gravity of a Nation  
A Pragmatic Man of the People Saves the Nation  
The Creation of a Moral Compass  
A Moral Compass in Contentious Times: The Case of Ted Bell  
The Case of the Wounded Leader  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
5. Leadership as Artful Performance
Roles vs. Traits: Popular Misconceptions of Leadership  
Determining Role Legitimacy as the Basis of Performance  
Is Leadership Acting?  
Real Life Drama in Chicago: A Portrait of Power Undone  
How Followers Look to School Leaders for What They Need  
A Portrait of Two Types of Story Tellers as Leaders  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
6. Understanding the Landscape of Educational Leadership
Central Tenets of Modernism  
The Pseudo Scientific Epoch: Educational Leadership and the Long Shadow of “Scientific Management”  
The Early Scientific Epoch  
The Behaviorism Epoch  
The Epoch of Structuralism  
The Feminist/Critical Theory Epoch  
The Critical Race Theory Epoch  
The Queer Theory Epoch  
The Postmodern Epoch  
Kitsch Management Texts and Educational Leadership  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
7. Balancing Performance and Accountability
A Review of the Many Forms of Life Writing  
Third Person Forms of Life Writing  
First Person Life Writing Forms  
Gauging the Possibilities of Life Writing to Understand Leadership  
Confronting the Myopia of “the Field”  
Servant Leadership: The Mind and the Heart as One  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
8. Artful Performance and National Standards
The National Leadership Standards  
Foucault’s Concept of Apparatus  
Problems with the Knowledge Base: Producing an Unequivocal Platform for the Normalizing Gaze and the Policing Function  
Re-Tracing the Steps in the Developmental Process  
Step One: Reductionism, Rationality and Core Technologies  
Step Two: The Erasure of Context So One Size Fits All  
Step Three: Stifling Research Dissent by the V.C.P (Vicious Circle Principle)  
The Metaphors of Efficiency in the ISLLC Standards  
The National Debate on Educational Leadership Preparation  
Pursuing Learning Extensions of the Chapter  
Writing in Your Personal Reflective Journal  
A Review of Key Chapter Concepts  
References  
 
Index
 
About the Author

"Fenwick W. English returns to themes of leadership he explored in more than 20 earlier books and dozens of presentation to educator audiences. He favors "re-centering educational leadership in the humanities," rather than acting on the recommendation of the business literature, and he emphasizes the use of films as a way to humanize leadership concepts."

—THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

William J. Leary
Lynn University

"English successfully challenges the established educational community to rethink the current state of research on school leadership in the social sciences...The inclusion of theory, discourse, and stories of recognized leaders followed by chapter learning extensions that include key concepts, movie recommendations, and prompted reflective journaling makes this book a most valuable resource for the educational leadership community." 

H.J. Bultinck
Northeastern Illinois University
CHOICE

“The Art of Educational Leadership provides one of the most complete examinations of leadership that I have encountered. I admire the way it urges students to think and reflect. The format allows individual learners to focus on those materials that best fit their learning style while the numerous presentations of a single topic through the different modalities strengthens the learning. This text is a fresh, new look at leadership...”

Louise L MacKay
East Tennessee State University
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"Excellent cogent analysis of key concepts of leadership are presented in a reader friendly style."

Saul B. Grossman
Temple University

This textbook is highly recommended for any course exploring leadership at all levels in education settings.
The layout of the book is excellent, and easy for students to guide through the content. The book provides an introduction to all the major themes in education leadership, and includes an overview of all contemporary and mainstream theoretical perspectives. A particular strength of the the book is the focus on practice, which is often missing from these types of texts.
Although this book is highly recommended, and is an outstanding text in every respect, it is focused predominantly for the US education system; some focus on Europe and the UK would add significant strength to the content.
The resource is highly recommended for any course in leadership within education settings; and suitable for students from level three through to level seven. Highly recommended.

Mr Gavin Hatton
Sociology , St David's College
January 8, 2016

Excellent book. Maybe not suitable as a text book for this course, although I would like to have it as a supplemental book for assignment information gathering.

Mrs Catherine Keller
Pre-Paramedic Studies, Inchicore College of Further Education
April 26, 2010

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