Charter School Leadership is built around inspiring team members through a focus on mission, culture and values. In taking an organization from ordinary to extraordinary, Curry focuses on the need for leaders to stay mission-minded and to use the mission as a filter to align priorities. He emphasizes that leaders should create a culture that is definable, manageable and meaningful. Curry offers examples of how to translate culture into tangible actions and how culture can then become part of the feedback and assessment process. He also explains that leaders need to be specific and strategic in their communications and emphasizes working from a plan, in everything from assessing performance to sending emails.
If you’re not a charter school leader, you’ve likely overlooked this book. And yes, there are elements that are specific to the school environment (managing teachers, parents, etc.). However, Curry’s extensive business background informs his charter school leadership and in this book, he offers a brief, readable guide that is applicable for all organizations.
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