The leadership Challenge

Compare Chapter 1 of The Leadership Challenge Workbook 3rd Edition by James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Possner with Chapter 1 of the School Leadership and Administration by Gorton and Alston

1. What are the similarities in the message and are there differences?

2. When does an administrator stop being a leader?


Both texts agree that successful leaders exhibit certain types of behaviors and possess similar personality traits. I felt that the authors’ research showed that it’s not who you are or the position you hold, but rather what you do in that position.  They both feel that a leader must have a vision and share that vision, foster teamwork and collaboration, as well as be someone who is willing to take risks, challenge, and change things.

I noticed that K&P used the word inspire but G&A chose the word empower.   While these two words can be considered synonyms, I don’t think the authors are using them in that way.  To me, I don’t think people set out to “inspire” someone.  They just do what they do because it is who they are and what they want to do.   On the flip side, I think empowerment is more of a strategy.  A leader may see someone in their group not working to their potential and deliberately try to find a way to make that person rise to the occasion.   I also noticed that K&P have a concise list of “clearly identifiable behaviors and actions” that they feel all effective leaders have whereas G&A described many different traits that a leader can possess as well as included information about different leadership styles.

An administrator stops being a leader when they no longer have a vision for and has stop inspiring or empowering others, as well as initiating change.

Nov 2016

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