Drawing together current thinking and research by leading writers in the field, Educational Leadership will help you to understand and critically analyze key strategic aspects of educational leadership, including: leadership perspectives and values; external and internal contexts; autonomy and accountability; partnership and collaboration; leading strategy and change
The book explores major challenges for educational leaders in managing the increasingly permeable boundary between educational organizations and their external contexts, and reconciling environmental expectations and internal priorities. It will encourage you to positively problematize the field and reflect on current debates and issues.
This book is an essential resource for providers and students of graduate courses in educational leadership and management, as well as those involved in undertaking professional development programs. It will also serve the reflective practitioner as personal reference when occupying or aspiring towards leadership roles in schools, colleges and other educational organizations.
Chapter 10: Contextualizing Leader Dynamics: How Public Service Leaders Endeavour to Build Influence
Contextualizing Leader Dynamics: How Public Service Leaders Endeavour to Build Influence
Leaders Make Things Happen…
Experience, research (Bryman, 2004; Hunter et al., 2007) and theory building (Osborne et al., 2002; Van Wart, 2003) suggest that one leadership context is simultaneously like all other leadership contexts, like some other leadership contexts, and like no other leadership context. Depicting context as ‘out there’ underplays how leadership is ‘situated’ (Grint, 2005). Leaders proactively ‘read the situation’, interpreting their context and mediating it through shaping contextual factors that are manipulable, and feeding back the consequences of their actions into this context (Mowday and Sutton, 1993).
… But Things Make Leaders Happen Too
Increasing attention is now being accorded to the ...