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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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“The decision to offer education-specific scenarios will ensure that Northouse’s Leadership: Theory and Practice will be far more relevant to Educational Leadership programs that offer School Administration and Higher Education tracks.”

John Hardman
Florida Atlantic University

 “This book offers an accessible way of developing an understanding of education leadership for students by combining leadership theories and approaches with practical examples.”

Alaster Scott Douglas
University of Roehampton

“Being a leader is not easy; these case studies enhance the understanding and application of this art and science we call leadership.” 

Manny Gomez
Wright University

“A useful resource which links theory with practice. The case studies help embed this learning.”

Paola Pedrelli
Birmingham City University

“These cases will stimulate student discussion as they bring the theories to real-life situations.”

Anita Pankake
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

An engaging text that provides a number of case-studies around leadership studies. A very handy resource for busy lecturers to refer to when setting up learning activities for their Masters students.

Venesser Fernandes
Faculty of Education, Monash University - Clayton Campus
June 20, 2017

Excellent thought provoking cases in leadership. It is used as a supplement to Northouse's Leadership textbook.

Professor Ron Cugno
Education Department, Nova Southeastern University
October 14, 2015

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 (5th 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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