'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.
Chapter 9: Capabilities and Skills for Democratic Leadership
Capabilities and Skills for Democratic Leadership
It is worth repeating that the practice of distributed and democratic leadership is not limited to those in formal positions of leadership at the apex of a school hierarchy – headteachers and principals, and other senior school managers. It extends to all who contribute to leadership as an organisational force emergent from collective and interactive effort. This means everyone in the school community who exercises initiative which influences other people, stimulates action, change and a sense of direction, and is successful to some degree in the way intended – in other words, all who share in the circulation of initiative. Democratic leadership by its nature is dispersed, involving a multiplicity of people contributing actively ...