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Excerpt: "Everything changes, and since change is a given in education, effective leaders recognize and adapt to shifting contexts, including national standards, which are a part of the leadership gestalt.

The recent ascendency of standards provides challenges and opportunities that tap both the art and the science of leadership. Essentially, what has happened is that building-level administrators are now doing their work on a bigger stage with new actors and forces beyond the traditional circles. School leaders must be skillfully and artfully engaged with these actors and forces to practice effective leadership."


Originally published as chapter seven in P. Lorain's, The art and science of leading: What effective administrators understand (2nd ed.), (pp. 39-44). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Reproduced by permission of Rowman & Littlefield.

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