Copublished with Corwin Press. This resource for prospective and practicing school leaders presents a model for leadership development, selection, and succession, and describes the intellectual “tool kit” that leaders can develop.
Chapter 4: Qualities
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi1 employs the metaphor of ‘flow’ to describe optimal experience. A person can be seen to be in ‘flow’ when goals are clear and immediate and relevant feedback is provided, and when a person's skills are completely engaged in overcoming a particular challenge that is just about manageable. Athletes will often talk about being ‘in a zone’. Musicians in ‘flow’ seem enraptured. We have all experienced the enjoyment and productivity of ‘flow’ – perhaps when you mastered that particularly difficult piano concerto, or finally broke 80 on the golf course, or taught an outstanding lesson, or handled that politically demanding meeting with skill and efficiency. For leaders, facing the complexity of educational change in the twenty first century the challenges are formidable, but ...