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On Becoming a School Leader: A Person-Centered Challenge


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The work of educational leaders depends on relationships with people—faculty and staff members, students, other administrators, parents, and community members. This book presents a new way of viewing leadership: how to become person-centered leaders. Rather than relying on outdated ways of managing schools, principals, and other leaders must pay attention to the people issues of the school.

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A Person-Centered Perspective on Educational Leadership

Seeking and Responding to Data

Beliefs About People and Change

Creating an Environment for Learning and Change

The Leader's Sense of Self

About the authors

Arthur W. Combs was a noted teacher, consultant, and psychologist. In 1947, along with Donald Snygg, he invented perceptual-experiential psychology, a systematic frame of reference for the study of persons. He is past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and served as the editor of the 1962 ASCD Yearbook, Perceiving, Behaving, Becoming. He wrote 22 books and monographs and more than 150 articles on psychology, counseling, and education.

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