Use the creative energy of metaphor to clarify and make your leadership vision a reality!
How do you see yourself as an educator? How would you describe yourself as a leader? Have you ever considered using metaphors to reframe your leadership practice, vision, and mission? Often, leaders stumble when asked to articulate their values, ethics and purpose. This book illustrates the significance of leadership archetypes and metaphoric reframing in understanding and facilitating organizational change.
Leadership, Myth, & Metaphor reports on the findings of a professional development study-funded by the Gates Foundation-of over 250 superintendents and principals, celebrating educators' unique individual core values while acknowledging their shared intrinsic beliefs, including:
o A commitment to a cause beyond oneself
o A devotion to an ethic of care
o A desire to improve the condition of society
o A wish to make a significant impression on student and adult lives
o A conviction to inspire others to seek their full potential
o Awareness of yourself on a personal and professional level leads to a deeper consideration of your mission as a leader and your purpose in life.
Dan Cherry is co-founder of Deconstructing the Box, a consulting group that specializes in Leadership, Organizational Change, and Technology. He most recently was the director of the New Hampshire School Administrators Leading with Technology (NHSALT) program funded through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dan is also a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) faculty and has been recognized as an expert in improving instruction through the use of technology. As an educator, Dan has ten years experience as a classroom teacher, seven years experience as a Technology Director, and five years working at the state level for the New Hampshire Department of Education. Dan has been recognized as a Distinguished Speaker at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference and he has presented many national education conferences. After hours, Dan spends time with his 10 year-old son Aaron, his 5 year-old daughter Danielle, and his wife of 13 years Sandra. His hobbies include coaching Little League Baseball and youth basketball, playing his string bass, singing in church, community theatre, and cheering for the Buffalo Bills! Jeff Spiegel is currently the Assistant Superintendent for the New Hampshire SAU 43 School District and co-founder of the consulting firm, Deconstructing the Box. He was a Graduate Fellow at New York University's Institute for Developmental Studies and a Fulbright Memorial Scholar to Japan. Jeff earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the Graduate College of the University of Vermont. His research focused on reframing female leaders' personal myths by way of metaphor. Jeff's career in education has evolved from classroom teacher in central Harlem to special educator and adjunct faculty member at Johnson State College and St. Michaels College in Vermont. For 18 years he served as an elementary school principal and organizational consultant in New Hampshire. He has written extensively and presented at numerous state and national conferences on topics addressing school culture development, differentiated instructional design and creative problem-solving for educational and organizational reform. Jeff has just completed two years as the New Hampshire Principal in Residence for the NHSALT (School Administrators Leading with Technology) Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.