This book will assist aspiring and practicing school leaders with strategies to navigate transitions, balance relationships, and manage their time more effectively. All three components are necessary to manage stress and avoid burnout in today’s fast-paced and always-on world of school leadership. While prep programs teach several important facets for the job, nothing quite prepares school leaders for the job’s stress, time expectations, and public face. This book can help all school leaders in these areas!
Larry Dake has a decade-long leadership career including experience as a curriculum coordinator, principal, and Assistant Superintendent, as well as experience teaching in Educational Leadership programs. He resides in upstate New York with his wife and three children.
Introduction: Preparing School Leaders Effectively
Chapter One: The Grass May Look Different, But It’s Not Always Greener…One Administrator’s Story
Chapter Two: Was it Always This Way? School Leadership’s Unique History
Chapter Three: You are Contagious…For Better or Worse.
Chapter Four: Without This, Schools Cannot Move Forward: Building Trusting Relationships
Chapter Five: Making it All Fit: Professional Fit and Work-Life Balance
Chapter Six: Is it Lonely at the Top? Navigating Leadership Isolation and Loneliness
Chapter Seven: Preparing for the Shift and Navigating New Roles
Chapter Eight: Survey Overview, Important Trends, and Takeaways
Part Two: A Leader’s Toolbox
Chapter Nine: The Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: School Leadership and Time Management
Chapter Ten: Is it Time to Seek a New Opportunity? Interviewing and Entry Planning
Chapter Eleven: Must-Read Books for Prospective and Practicing School Leaders
Appendix A: Survey Questions and Overview
About the Author
School leadership has always been stressful and demanding, but the extraordinary time we are living in now has brought the level of anxiety and challenges faced by school leaders beyond any we had ever anticipated. Dr. Dake's insightful and practical book is just what we need now to meet the demands that are on us both personally and professionally. From ways to avoid 'emotional contagion' to time management strategies for new models, the author's perspectives and practical strategies shared by today's active leaders make this worth carving out some precious time to read it.
Dr. Dake has written a book essential to the success of any new or aspiring educational leader. He explores the concept of stress and, through the stories of educational administrators in the field, offers research-based tips for self-care. The work of an educational leader can be overwhelming. Dr. Dake systematically offers sound and practical advice to make it less overwhelming.
Dr. Dake takes on the issues that are most important to those individuals beginning their journey as a school administrator or making transitions within their career. His book addresses the challenges of time management that occur as a person transitions from a teaching role to administration, by providing helpful guidance. This, in turn, helps to turn the ever present enemy “time” into an ally.
Dr. Dake has perfectly blended research, personal experiences from sitting school leaders, and survey data to produce relevant and practical advice for both prospective and active administrators. He shares both philosophical considerations and ready to use tools and strategies to assist school leaders in their personal and professional success. Well-prepared, skillful school leaders are critical to address the complexities and challenges of educational leaders. Our students and communities deserve it. This book should be a must-read for aspiring and experienced school leaders.
Prospective school leaders may find this book most useful as they consider whether or not administration is the career path they want to take, as it provides ideas to consider when choosing this trajectory, advice for selecting a position that will provide the best fit for and balance between one’s professional and personal lives, and tips for applying and interviewing for leadership positions.
9/11/2021, Pushing Boundaries LLC: PB featured Dake on its podcast to discuss his book, along with his writing process.