CS&A’s Focus on Leadership Transition

The announcement is out, the search has ended – time to celebrate and call it a day?

Celebrate, certainly, but a growing body of research shows that the most important work should just be getting started.

As schools prepare to welcome their new leaders over the summer, we are pleased to share thought leadership around an area we believe that schools, and school leaders, would be well-served to invest significantly more time and energy into: the transition phase of leadership.

We hope schools and their leaders find these stories and articles from industry and education experts useful and inspiring.

Supporting Women of Color in the First Year of Headship

As the leader of CS&A's DEI Consulting Practice, Lawrence Alexander reminds us not to forget about the leadership transition needs of one particular group.

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Shakespeare and the Headship Transition

What does Shakespeare teach us about leadership transition? Longtime former head of Packer Collegiate, Bruce Dennis draws lessons for outgoing heads of school.

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Leading and Leaving: Getting it Right

After stepping down as head of Berkeley Carroll School this past June, CS&A consultant Bob Vitalo shares lessons learned from the transition process and what an outgoing head needs to consider.

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Is Timing Really Everything?

After serving as transition chair for a first-time female head of school, CS&A consultant Amanda Riegel shares insight around adjusting the process to fit a head's specific needs.

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The End is Just the Beginning

Once a new head is appointed, the real work of the board starts. CS&A senior consultants Ralph Davison and Skip Kotkins offer key factors in a successful head/board relationship.

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The Key to Successful Headship Transitions: Shedding Old Thinking, Building New Frameworks

Keith Evans, President of the Westminster Schools, shares his perspective on why effective leadership transition sets the stage for effective long-term leadership.

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