Taoist Lessons for Educational Leaders: Gentle Pathways to Resolving Conflicts by Daniel HellerTaoist Lessons for Educational Leaders: Gentle Pathways to Resolving Conflicts by Daniel Heller

Taoist Lessons for Educational Leaders: Gentle Pathways to Resolving Conflicts

byDaniel Heller

Paperback | February 17, 2012

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This book explores ways in which educational leaders can apply the wisdom of the Tao in their day-to-day work in schools. It offers an alternative to the standard ways of western thinking to give the leader more possibilities when confronting a situation. We tend to value immediate and decisive action, winning, directing, and getting one's way. Taoist Lessons for Educational Leaders offers another way of approaching the workplace. We can also value waiting and reflection before acting, seeing all participants as winners or at least no one as a loser, following as a form of leadership, and giving away some victories, as beneficial to the governance of a school. There is more than one way to "win" and more than one way assert one's authority, as illustrated by this book.
Daniel Heller has had a thirty-year career in education including positions as an English teacher, English department head, principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and district curriculum coordinator. He has published a number of books and articles on educational topics such as leadership, instructional supervision...
Title:Taoist Lessons for Educational Leaders: Gentle Pathways to Resolving ConflictsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:102 pages, 9 × 5.98 × 0.28 inPublished:February 17, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:161048519X

ISBN - 13:9781610485197

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Chapter One: Balance3. Chapter Two: Governance and Flexibility4. Chapter Three: When to Act and When Not to Act5. Chapter Four: Power Struggles and Conflicts6. Chapter Five: Paradoxes of Leadership7. Chapter Six: Themes and Images8. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

Dan Heller's citations of the philosophies of Lao Tzu and Sun Tzu provide relevant historical comparisons for current educational leaders as they relate to reducing internal conflict, developing common goals, and providing consistent leadership.  Dan uses practical leadership experiences to develop relevant case studies for practicing administrators.  The references of the Taoist approach of contemplation and reflection is a helpful guide to any educational leader.