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Finding Your Leadership Style: A Guide for Educators


reviewed by Gabriel Della-Piana — 2004

coverTitle: Finding Your Leadership Style: A Guide for Educators
Author(s): Jeffrey Glanz
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 0871206927, Pages: 216, Year: 2002
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I began reading Finding Your Leadership Style: A Guide for Educators by completing the surveys at the back of the book as the author recommends following the Preface. This is a useful experiential base for reading the book.  The book should be read as a practical guide to reflection rather than a research-based survey and conceptualization.  There is an implied, but no known or cited, research-base for the leadership qualities or virtues as applied to education.  Thus the book will be reviewed that way, and at the end reasons for questioning the research base are indicated. The Appendix A survey on “Assessing Your Natural Leadership Qualities” consists of 56 True or False items and a scoring key to determined your dominant Natural Leadership Qualities (NLQs).  The quality types are combinations of primary qualities (adaptive, creative, dynamic) and secondary qualities (assertive, supportive, and aggressive).  However, “creative” has only one secondary quality (assertive).  Some survey items seem counterintuitive in their placement in a quality type. Thus for “dynamic supportive” it... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 221-224
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11171, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:46:16 PM

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  • Gabriel Della-Piana
    National Science Foundation
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    Gabriel M. Della-Piana is currently Program Director in Evaluation, National Science Foundation, Directorate of Education and Human Resources, Division of Research, Evaluation, and Communication (on assignment from University of Texas at El Paso). He is also Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. He has over 75 refereed publications and 60+ reports and unpublished papers.
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