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 6: The Nature and Dimensions of Strategic Leadership
The Nature and Dimensions of Strategic Leadership
Introduction: What Is Strategy and Strategic Leadership?
One of the key challenges, when taking up a senior leadership position, is the move from an operational perspective to a strategic perspective. Strategic leadership, by definition, links the strategic function with the leadership function. School leaders articulate the definition of the organisation's moral purpose, which can be considered as ‘why we do what we do’. The values that underpin this moral purpose are linked to the vision, considering ‘where we want to be and what sort of organisation we want to be in the future’. Strategic leadership is the means of linking this broad activity to shorter-term operational planning, thereby imbuing the ...