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A Tale of Two Cities


by Paul Kelleher & Larry Leverett — 2006

Hearing from our different authors clarified for us that leadership styles are a combination of tacit beliefs, experience, and personal qualities as much as conscious decisions about approaches to work, and are as varied as people are. What emerges as a common factor contributing to success is authenticity—consistency of words with actions—that enables the development of trusting relationships. Larry Leverett tells his story of one leader with one leadership style who moves between two different school districts with very different cultures.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 13, 2006, p. 78-104
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18509, Date Accessed: 4/24/2017 9:10:55 AM

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  • Paul Kelleher
    Trinity University
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    PAUL KELLEHER, Murchison Distinguished Professor of Education and chair of the education department at Trinity University, is an expert on social issues involving schools and relationships between schools and the community. He has written about hiring and supervising school administrators and school budget contexts. He is a former public school superintendent and principal at the high school and middle school levels.
  • Larry Leverett
    Greenwich Public Schools
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    LARRY LEVERETT was the superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools.
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