Title Positive School Leadership
Subtitle Building Capacity and Strengthening Relationships
Author Joseph F. Murphy, Karen Seashore Louis
ISBN 9780807759035
List price USD 44.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 216
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Teachers College Press (Eurospan Group)
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Murphy and Louis’s Positive School Leadership makes an extraordinary contribution at a critical time. Harnessing the possibility of school leadership as a positive, value-based calling, they offer an integrated theory of leadership that is compelling, useable, and grounded in research. Educational leadership practitioners and scholars will find this an essential and inspiring read.”

—Michelle D. Young, executive director, University Council for Educational Administration


Positive School Leadership is a timely reminder that relationships, individual support, team work, and personal values still matter, in leadership as in other areas of life. Blending psychological and leadership theories, a vast amount of research, and their own extensive experience, Murphy and Louis offer a hopeful vision of leadership for those facing the enormous challenges of school improvement.”

—Daniel L. Duke, University of Virginia


“The leadership context in which we find ourselves all too often is one that is tragically powered by divisiveness, deficit, and despair. The moment has come for a renewal of possibility and potential and most importantly the time to enliven the deathless dream of care, compassion, and a commitment positive school leadership. Contained within these timely pages is a leadership framework that is intellectually rigorous, deeply insightful and powerfully connected to our shared humanity. Let the renewal of leadership and organizations begin and let it be guided by this fine body of work.”

—Alan J. Daly, University of California, San Diego


“In a world of education reforms that have fallen short of expectations, Murphy and Louis make a strong case that positive leadership can create the foundation for sustainable change.”

—Philip Hallinger, Mahidol University


This landmark book translates positive and asset-based understandings of organizations to develop a powerful model of school leadership that is grounded in both existing research and the complexities of life in schools. The authors—both senior scholars in educational leadership—apply insights from positive psychology to the role and function of educational leaders. The Positive School Leadership (PSL) model draws on the strengths of relationships among staff and the broader school community to communicate and instill shared values and a common mission. This book builds a compelling case for creating a more inclusive, less “mechanistic” approach to leadership. Designed to engage both the hearts and minds of readers, the text is organized around reflective questioning of educational practice and current assumptions about the purposes and goals of leadership in schools.

Book Features:

  • An integrated way to think about organizational, interpersonal, and systemic leadership from the inside out.
  • A look at positive leadership in action, demonstrating how it operates to strengthen relationships that make a school more effective.
  • An examination of the long-range impacts that can be anticipated from reorienting schools toward positive leadership.
  • Reflective questions in each chapter that engage readers in deeper analysis of the information presented.



Chapter 1. The Model of Positive School Leadership • Building Our Theory • The Model of Positive School Leadership: An Overview • Moving Forward • Appendix: Leadership Models Emerging from Initial Search Processes

Chapter 2. Dimensions of Positive School Leadership • Positive Orientation • Moral Orientation • The Relational Orientation • Spiritual Stewardship Orientation • Conclusion

Chapter 3. Principles of Positive School Leadership • Asset-Based • Value-Centered • Virtue-Based • Transcendent • Relationally Grounded • Focused on Means as Well as Ends • Growth-Based • Authentic • Service-Grounded • Summary


Chapter 4. Positive Leader-Member Relationships: An Exchange Perspective • Getting Started: Why Care About Exchanges? • Into the Weeds with LMX • Subordinate Perceptions • Quality and Timing in Leader–Member Exchanges • Organizational Outcomes of Leader–Member Exchanges • Can Any Leader Do This?

Chapter 5. Positive Behavior and the Relational Basis for Organizing • Behavioral Perspectives: More Weeds • Supporting: A Behavioral Foundation for Everything Else • Enabling and Empowering: Developing Strong Partners • Modeling: Illuminating the Behavioral Path • Acting Authentically: Being Consistent and True • Establishing Values: Actions Speak Louder Than Words • Developing Relationships: Behavioral Strategies • Positive School Leader Behaviors: A Catalytic Strategy for Improvement

Chapter 6. Taking the Organizational Temperature: A Focus on Individual Well-Being • Positive Emotions • Positive Psychological States: Self-Concept • Positive Orientations to Work: Job Crafting and Meaning • Leading the School by Taking the Temperature of Individuals


Chapter 7. Positive Leaders, Teams, and Meaningful Work • Introduction • Emotions • Collective Self-Concept: Team Climate and Mental Models • Meaningful Work • Designing and Developing Teams • Next Steps

Chapter 8. Positive Leadership and the Organization • Positive Leadership and Organizational Climate • Positive Leadership and Organizational Culture • Organizational Performance and Productivity • Summary

Chapter 9. The Case for Positive Leadership in Schools • A Model of Positive School Leadership • Broader Social Outcomes of Positive Leadership • Conclusion



About the Authors

About the Authors:

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair of Education and associate dean at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University, and has served in public schools as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels.

Karen Seashore Louis is Regents Professor and Robert H. Beck Chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Target Audience:

 This book is intended for people interested in Education.


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