Re-reading some things for my dissertation proposal defense on Monday. Tom Sergiovanni’s Leadership for Stewardship: the public school leader’s special commitment to protect and nourish the larger civic good.
It is through morally-held role responsibilities that we can understand school administration as a profession in its traditional sense. School administration is bound not just to standards of technical competence, but to standards of public obligation as well. The primacy of public obligation leads us to the roots of school leadership – stewardship defined as a commitment to administer to the needs of the school by serving its purposes, by serving those who struggle to embody its purposes, and by acting as a guardian to protect the institutional integrity of the school.