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The Extended Shadow of the Leader
The extended shadow of the leader

It has been said that an organization is the extended shadow of its leader. We found it interesting the degree to which one often observed West Linn principals exercising the same transformational leadership qualities demonstrated by the district superintendent. Understanding the process that caused these building principals to become effective transformational leaders remains somewhat of a mystery to us. The district never overtly promoted a particular style of leadership, so why did so many principals end up leading in a fashion similar to the style Dea exemplified? In some cases, we suspect this was a result of a screening and selection process that led to the hiring of principals who shared the district's values, ...

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