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“Alma Harris is a world leading writer on the thinking and practice of distributed leadership. This is undoubtedly the best book that she or anyone has yet written on the subject.”

—Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education

Boston College

“Alma Harris captures the essential challenges facing today's school and district leaders and summarizes, in precise and accessible language, important research-based lessons for practice. Her focus on building authentic relationships among all staff is both practical and a welcome antidote to an excessive focus on testing and standardization.”

—Karen Seashore, Professor

University of Minnesota

The benefits of distributed leadership are yours with this research-based change process.

Distributed leadership—engaging the many rather than the few in school improvement—has long been a promising theory. But it must be implemented effectively before educators and students can reap the rewards, including improved learner outcomes and stronger organizational performance.

Distributed Leadership Matters offers pragmatic approaches for realizing these benefits. First, Alma Harris shows why harnessing educators' collective expertise is an improvement strategy worth adopting. Then she details the collaborative processes that make it happen. Insights include: How to translate the research on distributed leadership into tangible results for your school; Methods for building the social capital necessary for sustainable institutional change; How to distribute leadership widely and wisely through professional collaboration

The old-fashioned “top-down” leadership style no longer works for today's schools. Distributed Leadership Matters is a bold step into the future.

Future Leadership
Future leadership

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

—Bill Gates

If you think about your school or district, I can guarantee that you experience a constant tension. A tension between knowing what is important for the future versus managing the pressures of the present. So often I hear the comment, “I agree with distributed leadership, but how can it be fitted into our existing system? It's simply not going to work with the structures that we have.” Usually, I don't respond directly to the question. Not because I don't have an answer but because it is the wrong question. It's like asking how to fit a Porsche engine into a tractor. The real question should be, what ...

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