What does it take to help school principals effectively build the capacity of leadership teams? Here are a few of my favorite books!

  1. The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lenocini is my favorite because it is a leadership fable that brings to light three virtues in people organizations should seek to have on their teams. Lenocini mentioned that …”The right people ” are the ones who have three virtues in common – humility, hunger and people smarts.

The Ideal Team Player Model is described as when team members are adequately strong in each of these areas, when they possess significant humility, hunger and people smarts, they enable team work by making it relatively easy for members to overcome the five dysfunctions of a team.  They are more likely to be vulnerable and build trust, engage in productive about uncomfortable conflict, commit to group decisions even if they initially disagree, hold their peers accountable when they see performance gaps and put the results of the team ahead of their own needs  Those who lack all three qualities have little chance of being valuable team members. It would take great effort over a long period of time for them to develop the capacity for all three, let alone two or even one. 

  1. Lead Like a Pirate by Sarah Burgess and Beth Houf 

The authors of this book focus on the importance of being a PIRATE in leadership.

P: Passion

I: Immersion

R: Rapport

A: Ask and Analyze

T: Transformation

E: Enthusiasm

The anchor framework in this book  single-handedly made me a better leader. Because of this anchor framework, I learned how to provide more meaningful feedback, hold more collaborative conversations, and support teachers and leaders I work with in a more positive way. All leaders should have an understanding of how the framework works to support their leadership!

  1. Move Your Bus by Ron Clark 

This is an inspirational book for school leaders for sure! I enjoyed the metaphor of a bus that Ron Clark uses to describe an organization. There is the driver, runners, joggers, walkers, and riders. The bus represents the goals you hope to achieve as an organization.Your bus has no *gas tank*, so the energy of each passenger is what fuels your bus. 

Readers are asked to think of the bus in terms of “Flinstones-style” transportation. 🙂 

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