Book Review

The Ten-Minute Guide to Educational Leadership: A Handbook of Insights

Reviewed by Ann S. Keim,
superintendent, Pequea Valley School
District, Kinzers, Pa.


"Effective administrators manage themselves and the people they work with so that both their institutions and the people benefit from their presence."

So begins The Ten-Minute Guide to Educational Leadership, the corollary to Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson's better-known One Minute Manager. To their three secrets to being an effective manager, author Robert Palestini adds seven more.

Palestini has been an educator for over 35 years, including service as a superintendent. He currently teaches in the graduate education department at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he is dean of graduate and continuing studies.

This concise work provides an encapsulated treatment of 10 components of effective school administration, a roadmap to successful leadership. Palestini believes administrators who take 10 minutes a day to assess these secrets can become highly successful in their roles.

What are these 10 secrets? Most suggestions won't surprise you, but Palestini's emphasis may. Tolerance of change, trust and respect, the art of praising and reprimanding and conflict management, among others, each make up a chapter describing why these principles are effective.

A diagnostic checklist of questions appears at the end of each chapter to help assess the status of these principles in your institution. If you are looking for a thought-provoking book about school leadership, The Ten-Minute Guide will not disappoint.

(The Ten-Minute Guide to Educational Leadership: A Handbook of Insights, by Robert H. Palestini, Technomic Publishing Co., Lancaster, Pa., 1998, 94 pp. with index, $24.95 softcover)