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The Leadership Dilemma . Dr. Gregory L. Cantrell June 16, 2009. Leadership “Truths”. Leadership is situational and varies with individuals and events There is no single way to prepare leaders or prepare for leadership A leader is someone who has followers Leadership has ethical implications

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The Leadership Dilemma

Dr. Gregory L. Cantrell

June 16, 2009


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Leadership “Truths”

  • Leadership is situational and varies with individuals and events

  • There is no single way to prepare leaders or prepare for leadership

  • A leader is someone who has followers

  • Leadership has ethical implications

  • The study of historical figures helps us to understand leadership


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Leadership issues for the 21st century

  • Decreasing financial support for public education

  • Increasing demand for accountability

  • Increasing expectations

  • Increasing conflict

  • Increasing social challenges

  • Teacher quality issues

  • Decreasing number of qualified applicants for Administrative positions


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Leaders must be able to…

  • Listen effectively, understanding both content and emotions

  • Validate the accuracy of the information received

  • Speak frankly and clearly and speak directly to the issue

  • Be positive about life, self, and one’s work


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Leaders must be able to…

  • Keep current, synthesize knowledge and utilize research

  • Self-motivate and be able to inspire colleagues

  • Try new ideas, take risks and encourage others to do so

  • Articulate purpose, establish a vision and inspire confidence in schools


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Leadership strategies for these “challenging times”

  • Get our of the office and circulate with your associates

  • Build strong alliances

  • Persuade rather than coerce

  • Subscribe to honesty and integrity

  • Never act out of vengeance or spite


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Leadership strategies for these “challenging times”

  • Have the courage to handle unjust criticism

  • Be a master of Paradox

  • Be decisive

  • Lead by example

  • Establish goals


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Leadership strategies for these “challenging times”

  • Be results oriented

  • Choose as your chief subordinates people who crave responsibility and take risks

  • Encourage innovation

  • Master the art of public speaking

  • Preach a vision and continually re-affirm it

Donald T. Phillips, “Lincoln on Leadership”, 1992



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Dr. Gregory L. Cantrell Associate Superintendent

Spartanburg School District Six

1390 Cavalier Way

Roebuck, South Carolina 29376

864-576-4212

[email protected]


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