Taking a practice-to-theory approach grounded in research The Principal: Leadership for a Global Society is a core textbook for use by aspiring and practicing K-12 school principals. The goal of the text is to prepare school leaders to successfully face the real life issues that principals deal with on a day-to-day basis. This comprehensive text addresses the most up to date view building leadership as well providing a rich arrange of pedagogical features that help school principals understand both the challenges prevalent in schools today and the tool belt of leadership strategies needed to meet school, district, community, state, and national ideologies and standards. This text will provide a rich array of innovative, practical, and successful leadership concepts ideas that will separate it from other principalship textbooks on the market today.
Chapter 3: Theory: A Cornerstone of Leadership
Theory: A Cornerstone of Leadership
The challenge of leadership theory poses questions for the principalship. Where does leadership come from? What does it mean? Does theory apply to leadership for the principalship? Lucy Garrick (2006), management and organizational consultant, coach, and educator in the greater Seattle area, perceived leadership as:
The evolution of thought on the subject [of] leadership is vast and increasingly complex. Over time, leadership theorists have built upon each others' ideas and discoveries creating an interdisciplinary study that draws on many academic disciplines including psychology, social psychology, anthropology, design and systems theory. (p. 1)
Obviously, leadership theories are “a generalized set of concepts which in themselves are not necessarily correct” (p. 1). As such, the concepts that the theorists ...