Saturday, October 18, 2008

Recommended Books from Principals to Principals

This year, I have the honor of serving on the Advisory Board of The Vincent E. Reed Principals Leadership Institute sponsored by the Washington Post’s Educational Foundation. As an Advisory Board Member, I help to select principals from around the Washington, D.C. metro region to participate in the annual institute, serve as a mentor and help to facilitate various activities during this program.

The Washington Post established the Principals Leadership Institute in 1997 to offer a broader perspective on effective leadership within schools with specific emphasis on self-motivation. Named in honor of Dr. Vincent Reed, a longtime educator and retired Post executive, each session provides a forum for discussion about the challenges of leadership and opportunities for principals to network and share effective transformational strategies. [Washington Post]

The Institute also provides formal and informal discussion settings to share problems and concerns, and offers opportunities for participants to hear from nationally known leaders. Following the initial two-day summer Institute, there are three additional full-day sessions held throughout the year. The Institute is provided free of charge for all selected principals.
[Washington Post]

During the first session this year, Advisory Board Members were asked to share a book that has helped them lead. Here is a list of the books that were presented:

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teachers Life
Palmer, Parker

Good to Great
Collins, Jim

The Six Secrets of Change
Fullan, Michael

Leadership for Learning: How to Help Teachers Succeed
Gleekman, Carl D.

The Moral Imperative of School Leadership
Fullan, Michael

It’s Being Done
Chenoweth, Karin

The Pillars of the Earth
Follet, Ken

Lincoln on Leadership
Phillips, Donald T.

The Right to Learn
Darling-Hammond, Linda

Encouraging the Heart
Kouzes, James and Barry Posner

Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way
Ramsey, Robert

What Matter Most for School Leaders
Ramsey, Robert

Life’s a Campaign
Matthews, Chris

Dream Manager
Kelly, Matthew

We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know: White Teachers, Multiracial Schools
Howard, Gary

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow The People and They Will Follow You
Maxwell, John

Change or Die
Deutschman, Alan

Gardening the Minefield: A Survival Guide for School Administrators
Schmidt, Laurel

Lessons Learned: Shaping Relationships and the Culture of the Workplace
Barth, Roland

Balanced Leadership: How Effective Principals Balance Their Work
Boris-Schacter, Sheryl and Sondra Langer

Talking to Tweens
Hartley-Brewer, Elizabeth

Harvard Business Review on What Makes a Leader
Harvard Business School Press

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For more information about the Principal’s Leadership Institute, visit this website:

What other books do you recommend that school leaders read?

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