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Holistic Leadership, Thriving Schools

Lead a whole-child learning environment where student engagement and success thrive. This practical educational leadership book guides school leaders in using 12 powerful leadership lenses and the stages of leadership development to overcome challenges and balance priorities while still supporting the whole student.

Lead schools in teaching the whole student with help from this educational leadership book:

  • Understand the benefits of student engagement and having the whole child present in the classroom.
  • Study the twelve lenses of school leadership—core educational leadership responsibilities that are essential for leading whole-child schools.
  • Overcome biases and balance student and adult needs by developing leadership skills and emotional intelligence.
  • Learn how effective educational leadership goal-setting can create an environment strengthened by collaborative trust, where students and educators feel engaged and motivated.
  • Gain insight into SMART goal-setting for leadership development, establishing a priority focus to achieve real goals.

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Chapter 1: Developing Leadership for Whole-Child Schools
Chapter 2: Thinking in Terms of Both and And: A Core Leadership Competency
Chapter 3: Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Leading for the Whole Child
Chapter 4: Leading Toward a Common Vision and Guiding Others in Leading Themselves
Chapter 5: Implementing Initiatives and Making Them Meaningful
Chapter 6: Building a Collaborative Learning Community and Ensuring That Individuals Have Autonomy
Chapter 7: Taking Reality Into Account and Pursuing a Vision
Chapter 8: Building on Current Success and Changing to Meet the Future
Chapter 9: Moving Ahead Quickly and Moving Ahead for the Long Haul
Chapter 10: Balancing Logical Objectivity and Valuable Subjectivity
Chapter 11: Getting Results and Building Trust
Chapter 12: Effectively Using Positional Power and Sharing Power
Chapter 13: Having Clarity on What and Why and Having Flexibility on How
Chapter 14: Planning for the Predictable and Embracing the Possible
Chapter 15: Making Measurable Whole-Child Achievement Progress and Finding Purpose
Chapter 16: Focusing on Your Priorities
Appendix: Personality Type and the Lenses of Leadership



Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 14

Chapter 16



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