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Literature Theory Comparison Shonte’ C. Grady Grand Canyon University

Literature Theory Comparison For many years, school and district leadership has assigned primarily to a single person such as the principal or the superintendent. The principal and superintendent’s responsibilities are keeping order in the school, managing school schedules, monitoring the budget, making sure buses run on time, etc… In addition principals and superintendents job are to develop and keep the school’s or district’s vision, articulate and model core values, ensure the inclusion of all voices, develop collaborative learning experiences. The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast various types of leadership models and theories and evaluate the effectiveness of each type of leadership model. Neuman and Simmons state that in the most effective schools, every member of the education community has the responsibility and the authority to take appropriate leader roles (2000, p. 9). The definition of a leader now encompasses teachers, staff members, parents, and members of the entire education community. “Over the course of the past five years, the Anneberg Institute has worked with thousands of practitioners from hundreds of schools across the country, representing a broad cross-section of schools in terms of size, student population, location, and levels of achievement. Less than successful outcomes of many reform programs can be attributed (at least in part) to a lack of appropriate leadership focused on student achievement” (Neuman, M. and Simmons, W., 2000, p. 9). As an educator this really made me reflect on my own leadership styles and others whom I have come in contact. There are several types of leadership models or theories. Although very different, they have many similar…...

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