Inspired by the “Boss vs. Leader” comparisons at the beginning of The Quality School, Dr. Ed Boyatt, one of my mentors, has worked to expand and refine a list that identifies the key traits of effective leaders. Ed has been a teacher, a principal, a superintendent, and recently retired as Dean of the School of Education at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.
Boyatt on Leadership
Based on the Leadership Principles of William Glasser
Traditional Management or New Leadership
Power through position or Power through expertise
Leadership from the top or Leadership from beside
Permanent leader and followers or Interchangeable ldrs and followers
Boss leadership or Servant leadership (Mt 20:25)
External control of employees or Internal control by employees
To and for employees or With employees
Tell and command or Ask and persuade
Mandate and coerce or Collaborate and guide
Other-assessment or Self-assessment
Compliance from force or Commitment from choice
Manage others or Manage yourself
Caution or Courage
Status quo or Change and renewal
High fear and low trust or High trust and low fear
Conflict avoidance or Conflict confrontation
Negative conflict or Positive conflict
Stimulus-response or Choice theory
Organizational needs only or Blended needs of person & organization
Adversarial relationships or Collaborative relationships
Glasser, W. (1990). The quality school: Managing students without coercion. New York: Harper Collins.
Glasser, W. (1998). Choice theory. New York: Harper Collins.
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