Leadership isn’t just a title What could you do with a $1 billion budget if you had 100,000+ students and one of the largest school systems in America? Imagining is his reality. Learn along from Dallas Dance as he shares the successful change efforts he employed to transform Baltimore Public Schools. Deliberate Excellence is a true story of success in a challenging school environment that delivers great insight and inspiration. Readers will be moved and changed by three key success principles: • Establishing equity over equality by providing exactly what individuals need to be successful • Understanding change, how it happens, and what one needs to make it so • Knowing people deeply and how that leads to accomplishment and organizational change Be inspired by this passion for progress and the drive to maximize latent potential in all people. “For 20 years, Dr. Dallas Dance has been an inspiration to me as a leader. He understands that true leaders inspire others to lead, galvanize their audience, and provide practical applications to difficult situations. Regardless of the political climate, Dr. Dance has always kept students first. After reading Deliberate Excellence, educators will take away successful strategies to increase student achievement.” Dr. John B. Gordon III, Chief of Schools Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chesterfield, VA “Leaders are desperate for books that offer techniques from educational leaders who still practice and hone their craft from the trenches and a proven record of success. Dallas Dance offers educational leaders a unique, candid, and welcome perspective.” LaQuita Outlaw, Principal – Grades 6-8 Bay Shore Middle School, Bay Shore, NY

Leading the Change: Implementing Successful Initiatives

Leading the Change: Implementing Successful Initiatives

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

—Lao Tzu

To implement change successfully, leaders need to work with and through people. For this reason alone, people should be important to you. To obtain buy-in for your proposed changes, there are five key steps you should take before you even begin to formulate which changes you would like to implement. If you follow the steps outlined in this chapter, it is much more likely that your initiatives will be successful and that your staff will not only support the decision but also put in the work necessary to make sure that the initiative meets its stated goals. Each of ...

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