Decisions, both personal and professional, are a part of life and we will either reap the benefits of those
that are correct or feel the pain of those that are not. Those decisions can range from the routine and
mundane to the critically important and unfortunately in our human nature we are subject to human
Leadership is a generally broad concept that has been extensively examined, variously defined, and
vigorously debated. Studies of leadership have produced multiple theories focusing on style, level of
performance, a particular set of observable character traits, and numerous other variables believed to
be associated with effective leadership.
For those of us who have had the privilege to serve, we know that leadership is far more than a
designated position or title. We clearly recognize that effective leadership also entails its own unique
set of challenges, some universal and others unique to specific roles, responsibilities, and work
Forty-four percent of classroom teachers are leaving the educational field in five years. They are leaving almost as quickly as Colleges of Education are graduating them. The professional life expectancy of school administrators is three years, except in inner-cities, in low-performing, minority or rural schools – where it is 18 months.