Principals of Leadership
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OUCHI AND OTHER PROFESSORS involved
in UCLA's school-leadership training urge school leaders to take
the idea of local control one step further.
whole school finance system needs to be revamped so that the
authority and control is at the local level, under the leadership
fo the principal. Leadership is the way you turn schools around."
— Richard Riordan, California Education Secretary
In addition to controlling their school's budget
and making wise spending decisions with the money they're allotted,
campus administrators need to think about how they can generate
their own funds, says Professor Marilyn Kourilsky '61, M.A. '63,
Successful school leaders, says Kourilsky, co-director
of UCLA's Institute for the Study of Educational Entrepreneurship
and founder and chief education adviser for the Kauffman Center
for Entrepreneurial Leaders, need to be able to distinguish between
a good idea and one that presents a genuine opportunity for the
Public schools can, for example, rent out space
in their gymnasium or auditorium during non-school hours, she
says. She cites examples in which students have brought in income
for their schools by using their technological expertise to build
Web sites for community businesses.
"Part of being opportunity-focused is to think
of the school as an education venture," she says.
The keys to what Kourilsky calls "intra-preneurial
leadership" are straightforward: Be visionary. Be content-driven.
Be innovation-focused. Be risk-oriented. Be customer-oriented.