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'The theory and practice of democracy and democratic leadership have implications for how we understand what ought to be counted as 'improving schools' In this book Woods focuses on the idea of democratic leadership, examining what is meant by democratic leadership, what forms it can take, and how it is relevant to school education and learning. He shows how the ideals and theories of democratic leadership can translate into practice, and sets out some of the challenges that democratic leadership poses in the context of contemporary education . Democratic Leadership in Education challenges conventional approaches to leadership and many of the assumptions inherent in educational policy. It is about understanding and exploring both the idea of democratic leadership and its practical relevance through examples drawn from practice and research. An enlightening resource for practitioners and students on professional development and academic courses, this book will be essential reading for all policy makers, academics and others (such as inspectors) who critically examine leadership and management of educational institutions.

Models of Leadership
Models of leadership

The reader might wonder whether there are not already sufficient conceptualisations of educational leadership. (One review of educational leadership listed more than 30 leadership theories – see Richmon and Allison 2003.) This point is addressed in two ways. Firstly, in this chapter, the notion of democratic leadership is placed in the context of other concepts of leadership. Secondly, in Chapter 4, the importance of democratic leadership is underlined and elaborated through discussion of its distinctive character in comparison with distributed leadership.

A typology of leadership concepts is shown in Figure 3.1. This is based on that of Bush and Glover (2003), and adds ethically transforming leadership and democratic leadership.1 Some of these forms of leadership have a specific focus or highlight ...

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