Title

The Meditative School Administrator

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2017

Department

Educational Leadership

Abstract

Leading schools has always been a stressful profession. Educational administration is by its very nature a challenging vocation that requires one to balance the needs of various stakeholders (e.g., students, educators, legislation, finances) in an equitable and innovative manner in response to ever growing demands for accountability (Klocko & Wells, 2015). The result may be the rise of a culture of stress (Queen & Queen, 2005) that promotes fatigue, turnover, and burnout. The situation is further exacerbated by the technological trappings of 21st-century leadership with its constant barrage of information from smart phones, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle. The school administrator consequently may have little room to psychologically breathe during the typical work day.

Publication Title

Leaders Forum

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