Copublished with Corwin Press. This resource for prospective and practicing school leaders presents a model for leadership development, selection, and succession, and describes the intellectual “tool kit” that leaders can develop.
Chapter 5: Learnings
While I have already stated that we seem to be making educational leadership into something beyond the capabilities of reasonably talented mortals, and that ‘designer leadership’1 appears to be unattractive to potential leaders, the importance of leadership in an organisation remains one of the few ideas in the change literature about which there is consistent agreement.2 The major educational reform movements all identify leadership as an important ingredient for educational change. Gronn3 declares that “whatever the cultural, ethnic, gender and social class component of the context concerned, the two attributes which best define a leader are influence and identification, while ‘leading’ is defined as the framing of meaning and the mobilization of support for a meaningful course of action.” This deceptively simple definition raises ...