Effective School Leadership raises many questions about effective leadership and how it is seen from different viewpoints. The issues are placed in political context and in relation to a changing world scene.

Effective Leaders and Effective Schools

Effective leaders and effective schools
KathrynRiley and JohnMacBeath

Effective schools can be good schools, and good schools must be effective schools — but the two are not necessarily the same.

(Carl Glickman, 1987, quoted in Silver, 1994, p. 102)


When we first began our project on school leadership, we adopted the title ‘Effective School Leadership in a Time of Change'. In choosing such terminology, we wanted to reflect the shifting grounds of school leadership and the rapid economic and social changes, in what is increasingly a globalised context. The juxtaposition of the two words ‘effective’ and ‘leadership’ signified the growing emphasis on school outcome measures and the growing acceptance of leadership as a key constituent in the ‘effective’ school (Sammons et al., 1995).

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