The Dark Side of Educational Leadership: Superintendents and the Professional Victim Syndrome

A valuable resource to institutions of higher education and various state and national superintendent organizations and agencies, The Dark Side of Educational Leadership provides valuable insights into specific resiliency behaviors that contribute to superintendents’ abilities to overcome the trauma associated with being a professional victim. Specifically illuminating those issues that contribute most often to the victimization of superintendents, well-researched chapters demonstrate strategies employed by superintendents to prevent similar issues from causing additional pain.

Polka and Litchka identify resiliency factors of most significance to superintendents in dealing with the professional victim syndrome, helping superintendents to better prepare for the professional victim syndrome during their professional career.

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    By J. Lonneville on April 08, 2017

    An eye opening look into the world of the Superintendency! While this book is written about school superintendents, it provides invaluable information to anyone going into educational leadership. Polka and Litchka use captivating stories of superintendents who became “professional victims” of their school districts. Professional Victim Syndrome is defined as “…the condition confronted by many educational leaders, especially superintendents of schools, who are subjected to a career crisis in which their professional reputation may be tarnished and…

    By Anonymous on April 08, 2017

    The Dark Side of Educational Leadership is a MUST READ for anyone who is considering entering the field of Educational Leadership. While the case studies certainly focus on the Superintendency, it is a valuable ready for all players in the game of education. Beyond aspiring and current Superintendents, this book should be…

    By Anonymous on April 08, 2017

    The book is a fast, easy read with lots of insight and perspective. As a board member I feel the book helped my understand the superintendent – school board relationship from the superintendent’s point of view. I can see how easy it is for the superintendent – school board relationship to take a turn for the worse when micromanaging, personnel issues, politics, personal agendas, and exercise of newfound power of new board members come into play. It also drives home the importance of having a…

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