Supporting the Emotional Work of School Leaders

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SAGE, Jun 5, 2007 - Education - 208 pages
This practical book deals with the emotional and moral dimensions of school leadership. The author sets out the intra-personal and interpersonal attributes, attitudes and behaviours necessary to develop emotional and moral leadership within the school community. The book provides a range of person-centred strategies for building communities of professionally committed, relationally competent, collaborative individuals.

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
15
Chapter 3
31
Chapter 4
47
Chapter 5
69
Chapter 6
85
Chapter 7
109
Chapter 8
131
Chapter 9
153
Postscript
171
References
175
Index
191
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Page 105 - Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Page 105 - We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Page 63 - I mean the directional trend which is evident in all organic and human life — the urge to expand, extend, develop, mature — the tendency to express and activate all the capacities of the organism, to the extent that such activation enhances the organism or the self.
Page 92 - You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Page 63 - ... develop, mature— the tendency to express and activate all the capacities of the organism, to the extent that such activation enhances the organism or the self. This tendency may become deeply buried under layer after layer of encrusted psychological defenses; it may be hidden behind elaborate facades which deny its existence; it is my belief however, based on my experience, that it exists in every individual and awaits only the proper conditions to be released and expressed.
Page 71 - That our life is not consistent with the demands of society is not because nature is at fault or we are at fault, but because society has undergone a process that has moved it so far from healthy functioning, natural functioning that our needs and the needs of society and the needs of nature do not fit together any more.
Page 60 - Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another person to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is—to be fully invested in his current positions. By rejecting the role of change agent, we make meaningful and orderly change possible.
Page 44 - Leadership is not the private reserve of a few charismatic men and women. It is a process...
Page 40 - It is only through the recognition of your emotions that you can be aware, as a biological organism, either of what you are up against in the environment or of what special opportunities are at the moment presented.

About the author (2007)

Belinda Harris lectures in educational leadership and human relations at the University of Nottingham, and was a senior member of staff in an inner city comprehensive school for several years. Since that time she has trained as a psychotherapist, continued to work with schools and been involved in a range of intervention projects and professional development programmes aiming to promote the emotional development of teachers, pupils and head teachers.

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