Leadership is critical to educational development and specific preparation is vital if leaders are to maximise their effectiveness. In this major new text, Tony Bush draws on his extensive international experience and research to examine the case for leadership development and assess the different modes of preparation used in Europe, including the U.K., North America, Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He also examines research on how leadership impacts on school and student outcomes and considers future directions for leadership and management development in education.This text is essential reading for students of educational leadership and management as well as for policy-makers, headteachers and principals.
Chapter 3: The Significance of Leadership and Management Development
The Significance of Leadership and Management Development
In the previous chapters, we sought to explain why effective leadership and management are vital if schools and colleges are to be successful organisations, providing good learning environments for students and staff. We also showed that approaches to leadership are pluralist, with several different models being advocated and practised. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the evidence that specific preparation is necessary if leaders are to operate effectively for the benefit of learners and the wider school community.
The case for specific preparation is linked to the evidence that the quality of leadership is vital for school improvement and student outcomes. Huber (2004a: 1–2), drawing on school effectiveness research, claims that ...