Document Number: 3374School Leadership in the 21st Century: Why and How is it Important? - Current education reforms and high stakes call for leaders to more clearly demonstrate and be held accountable for school performance. This report discusses the qualities needed to create good leaders and therefore, good schools. Four characteristics of high-quality leaders mentioned in the report include: (1) strong instruction leadership; (2) good management, communication, collaboration and community building skills; (3) ability to develop and communicate a sound vision for the school; and (4) willingness to take thoughtful, data-driven risks and manage change. The report also suggests ways for making leadership positions more attractive. (Susan Gates, Karen Ross and Dominic Brewer, NCREL, 2000)...