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Risk taking is by its very nature a challenging and intimidating process. An organization may say it wants risk takers to lead their organization to find out their definition of risk taking is much different from the one in a leadership position. The core mission of the organization is the determinant as to the type and characteristics of the risk taken. A school with a mission to graduate drop out recovery students would most likely not want a leader who implements traditional instructional methods and curriculum; it is one of the determining factors of failure for the students. Placing students in positions to succeed requires commitment to accomplishing what previously did not. Curriculum that is non-traditional; instructional methods that differentiate from those normally implemented, and collaboration with peers that test what works is significant to risk measurement and attainment in a high-risk environment. The answer is the one that achieves the mission; all ideas and concepts presented and thoroughly vetted will distinguish success and failure. A comfort level in risk taking is endemic in schools that experience their definition of success. By comfort level, it is the level of risk measured against the achievement of the academic program. The community has an active role in determining the risk schools will attempt; conservative communities are less likely to attempt change that affects what they all ready perceive to be achievement, whereas, progressive communities will achieve change through risk that is seen as radical or trend setting. The core values, or the beliefs and systems held by the community and school, also dictate the academic risk taking in a school. Beliefs held by a community are difficult to change; whi...

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