Schools Need Leaders – Not Managers: It’s Time for a Paradigm Shift

In the world of public school education everything depends on good leadership. Sadly, many of our schools administrators can’t differentiate the difference between leading and managing; far too many of them don’t know the first thing about fundamental leadership principles. In short, they don’t understand the fundamentals of Mission Oriented Leadership, the need for top-down leadership, or the critical differences between leadership and management. A cursory review of the selection process for school administrators, and the graduate level curriculums for those who seek a degree in school administration, clearly supports the contention that policymakers and educators are under the misconception that anyone can be taught or trained to be an effective school leader. Nothing could be further from the truth.