Academic Scholarship

Listening to Our Higher Coach: A Call to Go Deeper

The Lens E-Newsletter/Journal, Issue 22, Center for Empowered Leadership, August 2013

Photo Needed Charles P. Mitchel, Ed.D.
Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy

Margaret Wheatley’s “times of turbulence” are spiraling out of control within increasingly complex and diverse public schools. At times, schools resemble Category 5 hurricanes with high winds of academic rhetoric, downpours of unfunded mandates, and floods of students with unrelenting socioeconomic and learning challenges. Charged with navigating this stormy weather responsibly are the often-beleaguered school principal and district superintendent. Although coursework provides graduate students with the knowledge and skills needed by effective administrators, leading in today’s Category 5 schools also requires going deeper. Educators today must go beyond what they know and who they are—what Paul Houston called the “third dimension of leadership.” School leaders must move beyond knowing and doing to being; they must go deeper. 


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