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Allison Rose

By Jim Wickenden, Intrepid Ed News (from September 5, 2022)
The May-June 2017 issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) contained an interesting article entitled "What Sets Successful CEOs Apart." As a consultant to independent schools for over 35 years, I decided to see whether or not the research done on CEOs might be applicable to Heads of Schools.  Despite the fact that not all leaders of independent schools see themselves as being in a business, they are.  That being said, the four significant behaviors mentioned in the HBR article that set successful CEOs apart are not uniformly applicable to Heads of School.  Thus, the purpose of this article is to define the following four behaviors and to explain which are and which are not relevant for Heads of School.
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