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Innovative Approaches to Educational Leadership

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Edited By Carrie Rogers, Kofi Lomotey and Adriel Hilton

Of late, leadership has come to include individuals in elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions who do not necessarily carry leadership titles.  Faculty in preK-16 institutions, along with other staff and community people, have increasingly begun to take on leadership responsibilities as shared leadership is articulated and practiced more and more in education.  This volume focuses on educational leadership--broadly defined.  More specifically, following several research-based thought pieces in which the authors define and discuss this new conception of leadership, contributors offer preK-16 case study illustrations of this recent conception of educational leadership.  Readers will use this casebook as a foundational text for courses in teacher education, educational leadership, business and higher education. It includes detailed chapters focused on teacher leadership, principal leadership and higher educational leadership.
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Afterword

ARNETHA BALL



Finally, a book that brings our conceptions of leadership into the realities of the twenty-first century. This volume serves to remind us that, although we typically think of an educational leader as a man or woman who has a formal leadership role and title, such as the principal, headmaster, dean, president, provost, chancellor, other individuals demonstrate leadership capacity. Just when we need it most, we are reminded by this volume, of what Henry Ford said, “you don’t have to hold a position to be a leader” (Moore, 2003, p. 42). Leadership is not even “about a title or a designation. It is about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire,” as Robin S. Sharma (n.d.) reminds us. John Quincy Adams (n.d.) added an important notation to this chain of thought when he said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Most important, at this critical time in our nation’s history, it is important to note that “Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation” (Sinek, n.d.).

In other words, this volume is about individuals and groups of individuals who serve in leadership roles within educational institutions, though they do not hold official leadership titles, and it is also about...

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