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School Leadership: What Matters Most
School leadership: What matters most

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.

—Les Brown, band leader

James Kouzes and Barry Posner (2010) introduce their latest book, The Truth About Leadership, with an insightful observation: “Good leadership is good leadership … the context of leading may change a lot, but the content of leading changes very little” (p. xvii). So what makes a successful leader?

“Great Man” Theory of Leadership

Throughout history, theories about what constitutes great leaders have been varied. Although they usually had little in common, they were touted as the source of “truth” about leadership and how leaders rise to greatness. Historians and biographers wrote about the great leaders long before the invention of ...

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