Essential Skills for Effective School Leadership by Frank SicconeEssential Skills for Effective School Leadership by Frank Siccone

Essential Skills for Effective School Leadership

byFrank Siccone

Paperback | August 3, 2011

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A succinct, practicable text that equips school leaders with an expansive repertoire of essential skills and reinforces the leadership knowledge necessary for success.


All leaders, particularly school leaders, share five essential skills:


Confidence. Leaders believe in themselves and their ability to mobilize others to act.

Communication. Leaders are able to articulate their goals and transform words into deeds, and rhetoric into results. 

Collaboration. Leaders recognize that success is a team effort.

Coaching. Leaders invest time and energy into developing their team.

Continuous Improvement. Leaders view change as opportunity.


This book is based on the premise that there is no single ideal school leader profile or leadership style. It contains tools for activating and motivating the community on behalf of students, developing the ability to be decisive and achieve results, facilitating collaboration to improve teaching and learning, implementing detailed action plans, and balancing leadership challenges.


Designed for individual school leaders and those who aspire to be, this book contains easy-to-understand, ready-to-use leadership lessons created to inspire the acquisition of pertinent decision-making and school leadership skills. A valuable resource for every reader, it is designed to be easily customizable. Topics that are most relevant to each situation are easily selected and tailored to every leader's individual development program.  

Frank Siccone Ed.D. is an educator, author, and organizational leadership consultant. For three decades he has been offering workshops to teachers and administrators throughout the country, and has conducted youth leadership training for students not only in the United States, but also from Russia, and South Africa.   Dr. Siccone ha...
Title:Essential Skills for Effective School LeadershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.05 × 6 × 0.65 inPublished:August 3, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0131385194

ISBN - 13:9780131385191


Table of Contents



Part One: To Lead Is To Learn–Confidence Skills                                       

7 Ways To Build Confidence In Your Leadership                                                  

1.      Leading To Learn                                                                                    

2.      Leading With Vision                                                                                            

3.      Leading With Inspiration                                                                          

4.      Leading With Responsibility                                                                                 

5.      Leading With Results                                                                                           

6.      Leading With Values                                                                                           

7.      Leading With Consistency                                                                                   


Part Two: To Lead Is To Listen–Communication Skills                               __

6 Tools To Enhance Communication

1.      Recognizing The Difference Between Content And Context                                  

2.      Being A Dedicated Listener                                                         

3.      Measuring Rapport By Results                                                    

4.      Learning Styles                

5.      Connecting With Style                                                                                         

6.     Building A Communicating Community                


Part Three: To Lead Is To Align–Collaboration Skills                              __

9 Strategies To Facilitate Collaboration

1.      Facilitating “Learningful” Dialogue                                                            

2.      Knowing How You Decide Can Be As Important As What You Decide              

3.      Building Consensus                                                                     

4.      Solving Problems Collaboratively                                                 

5.      Transforming Problems Into Opportunities                                   

6.      Creating Innovative Solutions                                                       

7.      Choosing The Best Solution                                                                     

8.      Committing To Act                                                          

9.      Mastering The Art Of Dilemma Management                               


Part Four: To Lead Is To Teach–Coaching Skills                             _________

6 Practices To Improve Performance

1.      Making Deposits In The Emotional Bank Account                       

2.      Creating A Context For Coaching                                                           

3.      Coaching BOLD Goals                                                               

4.      Giving Focused Feedback                                                                       

5.      Balancing Reflection And Instruction                                            

6.      Sharing Best Practices                                                                 


Part Five: To Lead Is To Succeed–Continuous Improvement Skills           ___

6 Steps To Manage Change

1.      Creating A Culture Of Shared Leadership                                                

2.      Envisioning School Success                                                                     

3.      Planning School Success                                                             

4.      Allocating Resources To Support School Success                        

5.      Developing Capacity For School Success

6.      Measuring And Rewarding School Success                                 





Editorial Reviews

This reader wishes that he had this text when he led the restructuring of his own school eight years ago. The author provided an excellent balance of research couple with practical hands-on resources for the practitioner seeking to lead school change and provide effective leadership.   The text is highly relevant for lead-teacher and administrator in-service programs. It is an "easy read" and provides highly practical contexts, hands-on materials for workshops and reflection for continuous improvement. Critically, the author provides us with a step-by- step guide that school leaders may institute to create an atmosphere supporting school improvement focused on ensuring that all children meet with success.   The format provided an excellent balance of research-based direct and clear leadership statements followed by excellent hands-on materials. This is an excellent tool-kit for effective leadership and organizational change.   Peter Osroff, Principal, Garden City Middle School, Garden City, New York   The proposed text would make a great book talk or PLC focus for administrators or as a supplemental text for a graduate class. Again, the author’s voice is very inviting and comfortable and you feel like he is in your corner as support and help. Pamela M. VanHorn, Prinicipal, Kilbourne Middle School, Worthington, Ohio