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Leadership Case Studies in Education

Leadership Case Studies in Education

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Administration & Leadership

192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“An essential companion to studying leadership and management in the education sector.”

Maria Gallo, St. Angela's College


Leadership Case Studies in Education looks at leadership through the eyes of educators. The text examines how the major theories and models of leadership apply to education. Taking a clear, concise, and informative approach, Peter G. Northouse, Marie Lee, and contributors from all levels of the education discipline provide readers with real-world case studies that illustrate the complex leadership challenges and issues facing educators today. Engaging, practical, and relevant, Leadership Case Studies in Education is the perfect companion for educational leadership courses.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Case Studies

Balancing the Workload

President Severs, You’re Fired

Chapter 2: Trait Approach
Case Studies

Hiring a New Assistant Middle School Principal

Why Can’t Darin Lead?

Chapter 3: Skills Approach
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Before Barb Burns Out

Picking a Program Leader

Chapter 4: Behavioral Approach
Case Studies

Springfield Day School

Mentoring Jack

Chapter 5: Situational Approach
Case Studies

A Tale of Two Teams

Integration Hesitation

Chapter 6: Path-Goal Theory
Case Studies

Implementing a New Model for Education

Conflict with the Dean

Chapter 7: Leader-Member Exchange Theory
Case Studies

Favoritism in the Classroom

Who Gets to Be the Student Consultants?

Chapter 8: Transformational Leadership
Case Studies

Creating a Magnet School

Is Charisma Enough for President Stelar?

Chapter 9: Authentic Leadership
Case Studies

Parents, Principals, and Playgrounds: Oh my!

Sister Angela, Campus Minister

Chapter 10: Servant Leadership
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Stewardship Abounds

A Model Campus

Chapter 11: Adaptive Leadership
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Pride, Policies and Promise

Saving Save the Whales and Seals

Chapter 12: Psychodynamic Approach
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We’re All Comrades Here

‘They Are Freezing Me Out, Professor Johnson’

Chapter 13: Leadership Ethics
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Please Consider My Daughter

‘Cut Her Some Slack’

Chapter 14: Team Leadership
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School Improvement Team Troubles

The Accreditation Team

Chapter 15: Gender & Leadership
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‘My Girl’

The Executive Leadership Team

Chapter 16: Culture & Leadership
Case Studies

Empty Playground

Welcome to the Heartland



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“Relevant application to educational leadership. A must have resource.”

Kaye Shelton
Lamar University

“An essential companion to studying leadership and management in the education sector.”

Maria Gallo
St. Angela's College

“Leadership Case Studies in Education provides students an opportunity to “dive deep” within the salient leadership theories and practices.  Students are able to articulate a reasoned response that makes a direct connection between theory and practice.  This is a must-read for students and instructors in the field of education.”

Ron Siers, Jr.
Salisbury University

“I think this book would be a perfect companion to Leadership: Theory and Practice and my class. Students often mention to me how much they appreciate the scenarios and cases we discuss in class and I sometimes struggle to identify cases that clearly demonstrate specific leadership approaches…this book takes care of that for me.”

Amy Garrett Dikkers
University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“Excellent and current cases in higher education which highlight a leadership theory.”

John McKay
Wingate University

“[Peter Northouse and Marie Lee] bring classical leadership theory to life and shows how it is applicable to today’s challenges.”

Jim Bird
UNC Charlotte

“Peter Northouse and Marie Lee have produced a valuable resource for those who are teaching and studying Leadership Theories and Behaviors. Leadership Case Studies in Education, the well-written and effective companion book for Northhouse’s leadership text, is a welcomed addition to the field. The scope of case studies provided in each chapter and the focus on both K- 12 education as well as higher education contexts provides a unique opportunity to tailor selections to meet the needs and interests of students.”

Karen Wehterill
University of North Carolina-Wilmington

“A must-read/adopt text, especially for Educational Leadership Graduate programs.”

Prince Attoh
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

“This is the ideal companion text to Northouse’s Leadership Theory and Practice as it provides topical case studies specifically addressing leadership in PK-16 educational institutions.”

Priva Fischweicher
Barry University

“Students often struggle with making the connection between theory and practice. Leadership: Case Studies in Education will serve to help both professors and students bridge this gap. The cases are relevant and practical. The questions will not only challenge students to apply theory to problems of practice but they will demonstrate the complexity involved in doing so.”

Roxanne Mitchell
University of Alabama

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 12

Peter G. Northouse

Peter G. Northouse is a professor emeritus of communication in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University. For more than 25 years he taught leadership and interpersonal and organizational communication at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to publications in professional journals he is the author of Leadership: Theory and Practice (9th ed.) and Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice (6th ed.) and co-author of Health Communication: Strategies for Health Professionals (3rd ed.). His scholarly and curricular interests include models of leadership, leadership assessment, ethical leadership, and... More About Author

Marie Elaine Lee

Marie Lee is an editor and educator who has taught communication courses at Western Michigan University and worked as a consultant. With a background in journalism, she has written numerous articles and edited books, including Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and Practice (9th ed.) and Introduction to Leadership: Concepts and Practice (5th ed.). She is owner of Encore Publications Inc., a publishing company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has a master’s degree in organizational communication from Western Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Idaho State University. More About Author

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