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 5: Concepts of Leadership in Organizational Change
Concepts of Leadership in Organizational Change
Reliance on the collective or collaborative capabilities of organizational members and teams provides a logical means for leading change in turbulent or dynamic environments. Still, leader-focused theories and authority structures make it difficult to benefit fully from the collective capabilities of groups or organizational members in a Western context. Effective use of collective capabilities relies on adaptive work, cultural proficiency, organizational learning, and a willingness to experiment.
[T]he underlying premise of leadership in complex organizations is that ‘answers are to be found in community’ in group-centered organizations where ‘everyone can learn continually’ (Allen et al., 1998, p. 47). Collective or collaborative leadership in this text refers to leadership that uses the talents and ...