When one tosses a stone in the water, it sinks to the bottom and although one may not see it anymore, the effects that the rock has on the surface of the water are visible and extend outward influencing everything on the surface. The ripple effect spreads slowly and intentionally even after the stone has fallen to the bottom. The stone cannot be seen, but has made a lasting impression on the water. As educational leaders, we hope our influence can make a positive, lasting impact on teaching and learning like the stone created on top of the water. In Leading from Below the Surface (2005), Theodore Creighton reveals a nontraditional approach to educational leadership. He compares school leadership to an iceberg and encourages educational leaders to discover what lies beneath the surface and withstand the urge to focus only on what is evident.
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