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Leadership & Sustainability: System Thinkers in Action


reviewed by Michael V. McGill — 2006

coverTitle: Leadership & Sustainability: System Thinkers in Action
Author(s): Michael Fullan
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 141290496X, Pages: 136, Year: 2004
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Those who want to improve schools are apt to look for guidance to Michael Fullan, the well-known and influential popularizer of organizational theory. I say “popularizer” respectfully; Fullan himself describes his latest contribution, Leadership & Sustainability, as a pragmatic aid for the “new theoreticians” who work in schools, school districts and state governments (p. 19). His goal? “To pave the way for more sustainable school change as theory transforms into practice.” According to Fullan, “sustainability” is a characteristic of developed institutions, the property of improving continuously in a way consistent with deep human values. Leadership is both a discourse on and an inquiry into how sustainability comes to be. In particular, he’s interested in how leaders help organizations grow and how they themselves grow from those systems. The language of the volume is generally amiable (if sometimes tech-y). But the message is not calculated to comfort the comfortable. Any number of American politicians,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 8-11
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11864, Date Accessed: 4/19/2014 11:11:45 PM

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  • Michael McGill
    Superintendent of Schools, Scarsdale, NY
    MICHAEL V. MCGILL has been Superintendent of Schools in Scarsdale, NY since 1998. He is currently President of the Metropolitan Schools Study Council and formerly a school superintendent, independent school headmaster, and anti-poverty program director. He taught high school English and was briefly in another life a reporter for the Boston "Herald-Traveler."
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