• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Conversations With Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics is a unique compilation of interviews with principals at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Unlike any other text in Educational Administration, this book allows students the unusual opportunity to experience the inner voice of principals as they discuss the many decisions they make and the multitude of people they must engage.

The Lens of Decision Making: The Intuitive Leader
The lens of decision making: The intuitive leader

Effective decision making is the cornerstone ability for any effective leader. What approaches are utilized in effective decision making? Does experience drive all decisions or are there specific strategies that are employed that help guide the process? Do leaders possess an instinctive ability to recognize the problem and act accordingly? This chapter focuses on the principal's ability to approach problems in a variety of ways: from an experiential, retrospective, and intuitive base.

Themes addressed in this chapter:

  • Understanding your faculty
  • Identifying significant community members
  • “Gut reactions” and decision making
  • Utilizing experience to recognize distinctions in school organizations and cultures
  • Not overreacting; keeping perspective
Profile of the Intuitive Leader

Principal: female

Age: 55

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Experience: 3 years as principal at ...

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