“While America’s classroom teachers are where the rubber meets the road for individual students, our school principals play the most important role in whole-school effectiveness,” Brumley said. “When I see principals with the appropriate school leadership characteristics, I also see schools doing well despite their challenges and obstacles.”
Leadership Standards for Action: The School Principal as Servant-Leader is a resource for aspiring principals, practicing principals, district leadership and university faculty.
“The book promotes a continually-appropriate reform model while holding true to fundamental tenets of our traditional approach to American schooling,” Brumley said. “I think it is a fair balance between liberal and conservative ideas about the future of our education system.”
Having been a principal, Brumley views the position as a moral obligation to fulfill.
“There is an immediate need to provide an adequate education for all stakeholders, but there is either a positive or negative societal impact with the long-term outcomes of one’s education.”
Using a combination of theoretical research, practical lessons, and case story, the book illuminates the possibilities for the school principal within the reality of today’s accountability era. This book is intended to enrich the professional views and practice of educators willing to embark on the journey of its contents, Brumley said.
“The framework of the book presents the need for our school principals to be selfless over selfish and be a servant to the school’s purpose and people,” Brumley said. “With this mindset, I walk readers through important leadership components, such as school vision, instructional leadership, school management, collaboration, ethics and political advocacy. Each chapter begins with a real story of a successful school principal and their application of a leadership standard to real educational leadership issues and dilemmas.”
The book is available on Amazon.com.