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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

The Leadership Dilemma

Dr. Gregory L. Cantrell

June 16, 2009

leadership truths
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
leadership issues for the 21 st century
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
leaders must be able to
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
leaders must be able to5
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
leadership strategies for these challenging times
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
leadership strategies for these challenging times7
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
leadership strategies for these challenging times8
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

dr gregory l cantrell associate superintendent

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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