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“The Boss of the Whole School”: Effective Leadership in Action

reviewed by Martha Burger - June 26, 2006

coverTitle: “The Boss of the Whole School”: Effective Leadership in Action
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Hebert
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807746967, Pages: 155, Year: 2006
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The Boss of the Whole School: Effective Leadership in Action, by Elizabeth Hebert, belies its rather light-hearted title by examining the challenges to leadership that every principal faces. This is not a how-to-meet-the-principal-standards kind of book. Rather, it addresses the realities of the principals job that are not often taught in principal preparation courses. This review examines the main concepts of the book and Heberts suggestions for dealing with the issues raised. It also points out some of the leadership lessons associated with each concept. This book is both enjoyable and valuable to read: enjoyable because it validates the role of principals, and valuable because it makes specific suggestions about how to handle situations common to the principalship. After the introductory first chapter, Hebert begins each chapter with a clarifying episode to introduce the eight major concepts that make up the book. These episodes are stories from the authors own experience... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 26, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12554, Date Accessed: 9/25/2021 6:25:42 PM

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  • Martha Burger
    Midwestern State University
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    MARTHA BURGER, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Technology at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. Her areas of interest include: Curriculum development for principal preparation programs; job conditions for principals; improving instruction in the distance classroom; and integrating research methods into all courses in the educational leadership sequence.
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