No Laughing Matter: The Value Of Humor In Educational Leadership by Robert PalestiniNo Laughing Matter: The Value Of Humor In Educational Leadership by Robert Palestini

No Laughing Matter: The Value Of Humor In Educational Leadership

byRobert Palestini

Paperback | November 5, 2012

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Educators are not alone in perennially seeking the best leadership practices and applying them to their own leadership behavior.  What constitutes effective leadership seems to be on the minds of people everywhere.  Recently, there has been some seminal work done with regard to the role of humor in leadership effectiveness.  Several contemporary empirical studies corroborate some earlier research that closely linked effective leadership to whether the leader possesses a well-developed sense of humor.In light of this connection between possessing a keen sense of humor and leadership effectiveness, this book profiles the leadership behavior of ten proven leaders from many walks of life whose leadership style included a highly developed sense of humor.  The idea, of course, would be to look at the overall leadership behavior of these individuals, but focus especially on their symbolic frame leadership behavior in the form of humor, to determine how their behavior can inform our own particular leadership style.
Robert Palestini is graduate dean emeritus and professor of educational leadership at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.  He is also the founding executive director of the Educational Leadership Institute at SJU.  In almost fifty years in education, he has served as a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools of one of t...
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Title:No Laughing Matter: The Value Of Humor In Educational LeadershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 9.04 × 5.87 × 0.66 inPublished:November 5, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:161048861X

ISBN - 13:9781610488617

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Table of Contents

Preface1 Contemporary Leadership Theory2 Leading with Heart3 Benjamin Franklin4 Abraham Lincoln5 Theodore Roosevelt6 Albert Einstein7 Winston Churchill8 Harry Truman9 Casey Stengel10 Golda Meir11 Ronald Reason12 John F. Kennedy13 Leadership Lessons Learned Appendix: DiagnosisReferencesAbout the Author

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In his latest book on educational leadership and the value of humor, Dr. Robert Palestini has once again knocked the ball out of the park. He takes his readers from the late 1700s with a look at Benjamin Franklin's leadership behavior through the late 80s with Ronald Reagan and eight other prominent leaders, always focusing on their highly developed sense of humor and how it was reflected in their leadership styles. During my forty years as a school business manager, I have worked with more than two dozen superintendents, including Dr. Palestini, and without exception, those with a great sense of humor were always the more effective leaders.