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Effective Leadership Results in School Improvement

Kimberly D. Nash

Strayer University

June 17, 2013

Effective Leadership for School Improvement

"Educational leadership can be madness or it can make a contribution to improve our schools. It can be a frantic effort to fix everything or it can be concentration on a few important items. It can be a futile exercise of power or it can empower individuals to help themselves. In the face of dramatic social change, a troubled sea of governance conflict, and excessive demands being made on schools, it can be said that one who aspires to school leadership must either be mad or a supreme egotist." (Bainbridge & Thomas, 2001) I would add that whether you are either, the goal should be achieving positive results. There is no easy solution to improving schools and school systems, but it has to begin with effective leadership. School leadership plays a key role in improving school outcomes by influencing the motivations and the capacities of teachers, as well as school climate and environment. Effective school leadership is essential to improve the efficiency and equity of schooling. (Pont, 2008) Effective leaders are the ones who are able to share responsibility, build positive relationships and offer teachers, parents and students an opportunity to work together to improve their schools.

One of the most important goals of leadership is achieving positive results. In education, everyone involved should desire to attain that goal. When it comes to achieving those positive results, the superintendant, principal, the teacher, and parents have to work together for success. The communicating and listening skills of superintendents, principals, and teachers are the basis for their ability to…...

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