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Virtuous Educational Leadership

Virtuous Educational Leadership
Doing the Right Work the Right Way

First Edition

October 2022 | 188 pages | Corwin

Excellent leadership matters

Without excellent leadership, school improvement is impossible, or at least impossible to sustain. But what are the characteristics of an excellent leader? Is general leadership experience and knowledge enough? And how do you practically grow and develop leadership in yourself and others so you can all have a bigger impact on student outcomes?

This integrated, holistic resource explores the virtues that are integral to achieving excellence in educational leadership, while offering practical guidance on how to do the right work in the right way—no matter what challenges you face or student inequities you’re trying to overcome. Features include:

  • Practical, research-based applications of virtue theory
  • Examples of school leaders’ thinking and actions
  • In-depth yet accessible theoretical analysis
  • Detailed analysis showing theoretical concepts in practice
  • Summaries and reflection questions

The success of your students and teachers is directly linked to your influence, your knowledge and ideas, your personal character, and your ability to focus on the proper purposes of education.


Part A: Identifying the Right Leadership Work
Chapter 1. Identifying the Purposes of the Work
The Purposes of Educational Institutions

Less Satisfactory Approaches to Identifying the Right Work


Chapter 2. Linking the Purposes to the Science of Learning and Teaching
How Students Learn

Implications for Classroom Teaching


Part B: Doing the Right Leadership Work
Chapter 3. Implications of the Science of Learning and Teaching for Leadership
Dimension 1: Setting Goals and Expectations for Deep Learning

Dimension 2: Resourcing Strategically for Deep Learning

Dimension 3: Ensuring Quality Teaching for Deep Learning

Dimension 4: Leading Teacher Professional Learning for Deep Learning

Dimension 5: Ensuring a Safe and Orderly Environment for Deep Learning


Chapter 4. Taking Context Seriously
Traditional Concepts of Context

Proposed Concept of Context

Doing the Right Work by Solving Problems in Context


Part C: Doing the Right Work the Right Way
Chapter 5. Virtues for Doing the Right Work the Right Way
Virtues Explained

Virtues as Inclusive of Motives, Knowledge, and Skills

The Place of Virtues in Leadership Frameworks

A Taxonomy of Virtues for Doing the Right Work the Right Way


Chapter 6. Leadership Virtues
Sources of Leadership Influence

Virtuous Leadership Motivations

Identifying and Nurturing a Virtuous Disposition to Lead

Recruiting and Retaining Virtuous Leaders

Reluctance to Lead


Chapter 7. Problem-solving Virtues: Strategic
The Role of Knowledge and Skill in Virtuous Strategic Leadership

The Role of Motivation in Virtuous Strategic Leadership

Connecting the Detail with the Big Picture

Finding the Strategic Focus

Enacting the Strategic Focus

Maintaining the Strategic Focus


Chapter 8. Problem-solving Virtues: Analytic
Analytic Virtues and Theories of Action

Analytic Virtues and Truth Seeking

Motivational Aspects of Analytic Virtues

The Ladder of Influence: A Tool for Truth Seeking Leaders

Strategic and Analytic Virtues in Action


Chapter 9. Problem-solving Virtues: Imaginative
Imaginative Virtues and the Integration of Solution Requirements

Imaginative Virtues, Creativity, and Problem-solving

Strategic, Analytic, and Imaginative Virtues in Action


Chapter 10. Interpersonal Virtues
Relational Trust: A Guide for Deriving Interpersonal Virtues

Four Interpersonal Virtues


Chapter 11. Integrating Leadership, Interpersonal, and Problem-solving Virtues
The Task-Relationship Dilemma

Chapter 12. Being Virtuous in Tough Spots
Fostering Accurate Reporting

Building Collegial Accountability

Providing Critical Evaluation


Chapter 13. Virtuous Leadership of Educational Improvement: A Case Study
The Problem: Attendance at Vauxhall Secondary College

The Leaders: Roles and Contributions

The Method: Addressing an Unanticipated Obstacle

The New Challenge: Addressing an Unanticipated Obstacle

The Lessons: How Leaders' Virtues Enabled CCPS




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