The Journey Begins
The purpose of this chapter is to introduce readers to the leadership development journey that this book takes them on. The metaphor of the school leader as the orchestra conductor, which is discussed in Chaps. 2 and 13, is introduced. Theoretical frameworks, quandaries shared by school principals during the Voices 3 focus groups, and reflective questions assist the readers in developing their own Leadership Platform (explained in Chap. 3). Readers are encouraged through questions and activities to revisit and revise their leadership platforms as new knowledge and understanding are gained in the reflective process.
I am extremely grateful for several groups of people who have made contributions to this book. First and foremost, I thank the principals across the nation who took time from their busy schedules to participate in the Voices 3 focus groups, the heart of this book. Secondly, to the researchers who scheduled and facilitated the focus groups, your work is greatly appreciated. A special thank-you to the chapter authors’ for their commitment and flexibility. Lastly, I must acknowledge my co-editors for their perseverance and teamwork on this project.
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