• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

“An extensive and comprehensive resource for aspiring as well as practicing school leaders at every level. For aspiring school leaders, this book provides a multifaceted look at the complexity of school organizations. For practicing school leaders, the design of the content, the broad array of useful information, the action checklists, the quick-read guidelines, and the extensive references provide readers with a useful guide.”

—Gerald N. Tirozzi, Executive Director

National Association of Secondary School Principals

An original, proven approach to help you meet challenges head-on!

Research has shown that effective school leadership is a key factor in promoting high student achievement. This very practical, easy-to-use reference draws from leadership lessons learned in both education and business. Written as a field manual for “school CEOs” to facilitate understanding and operating a school as an organization, this book is designed for easy access within a unifying framework to enable flexible use for busy principals.

Based on the Organizational Effectiveness Model, the manual offers a blend of background knowledge and practices that are immediately useful, in the context of five elements that are essential to all organizations:

Mission, including the central importance of useful metrics; Strategies, such as the value of seeing the whole system; Structure, including skill with conflict management; People, highlighting the usefulness of political savvy; Leadership, including the fundamental importance of trust

Filled with practical strategies and tools, The Principal's Field Manual is an invaluable resource for helping both new and experienced administrators better understand and effectively operate the school as a vital and dynamic organization.

Organizational Structure
Organizational structure

In terms of how an organization must be organized and structured in order to deliver:

  • Do our school's structure and culture complement one another?
  • Do we make school changes carefully and with clear intent?
  • Do we have just the right balance between formal and informal interaction?
  • Do we thoughtfully balance routine policies (for consistency) and professional judgment (for prudent flexibility)?
  • Do we strive to act with integrity while keeping an eye on continuous improvement?
  • Do we receive recognition both for our attention to the completion of tasks and the strength of the relationships we establish?
  • Do we effectively communicate throughout the school: up, down, and across?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then the topics in this section should be helpful.

With the organization's strategy in mind, we turn ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles