Number of pages: 179
Publisher: ASCD: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
BBB Library: Education
In more than two-and-a-half million miles of travel to schools in every part of the world, we have found a growing number of change leaders. These are the people who not only implement change successfully, but also appear to thrive on it. Their colleagues are no more insightful, desperate, or well informed than average. Their circumstances are neither more dire nor more comfortable, so change is executed neither at the edge of a sword nor in the security of a riskless environment. Rather, these change leaders share a common commitment to the notion that ideas are more important than personalities. They challenge the popular leadership literature that elevates charisma over character, machismo over modesty. Educational leaders are expert in announcing change, scattering the seeds of promising ideas. But they are considerably less adept at moving aside the initiatives of the previous year so that the seeds of the new announcement have the slightest opportunity to take root. Hence the injunction that we must “pull the weeds” before we “plant new flowers.”
"Author has taken start with a consideration of the conditions for change. Educational leaders are experts in bringing about change, spreading out the seeds of gifted ideas. But they are very less adept at moving aside the initiatives of the preceding year so that the seeds of the new announcement have the least opportunity to take root hence the proposition that we must "pull the weeds" before we "plant new flowers." - UK Essays
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