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Leadership: What do we mean?

School boards are charged with the responsibility of educating all children to their fullest potential. In a time of rapid social, economic, and technological change, the boards responsibility is greater than ever. School board members, both individually and collectively, must be leaders in their school system and in their community.

What does it mean to be a leader? How is that different than being a manager? There is an endless list of books written on the subject. Here are two resources that cover the big concepts of leadership and management that easily work with the Key Work Framework.

  • Leadership and Management
    This summary from the University of Notre Dame sums up the differences between leadership and management.
    Understanding the distinction between leadership and management is an important first step. And it is not enough. Leadership means different things to different people. Different styles of leadership are successful in different situations. Simple problems can be solved with direct, technical leadership. Complex problems require something different; an adaptive leadership style rooted in communication.
  • Technical and Adaptive Leadership
    This summary combines the work of Michael Quinn Patton and Ronald Heifitz and Marty Linsky to illustrate different leadership styles in different contexts.
Key Work of School Boards
The Key Work of School Boards is to improve student achievement and increase community engagement to promote student achievement. The Key Work framework, developed by the National School Board Association in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, serves as the core curriculum for WASB board governance development.
TED Talks on Leadership
TED Talks provide new insights into leadership. These short talks are no longer than 18 minutes, and they are perfect for boards to use in local governance development. Share a talk in a board workshop and talk about how the ideas can be used in your school district.
Know Your District form
Understanding the distinction between leadership and management is an important first step. And it is not enough. Leadership means different things to different people. Different styles of leadership are successful in different situations. Simple problems can be solved with direct, technical leadership. Complex problems require something different; an adaptive leadership style rooted in communication.
 
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