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The incorporation of the further education sector in 1993 was followed by a period of extreme turbulence. Colleges plunged into the complex task of managing huge organizations while under pressure from cuts in funding and a steady expansion in the number and range of students. While financial scandals may have attracted attention, the success of the further education sector in continuing to provide a vital educational service for millions of people has been less recognized. Despite the significant contribution of the sector to education and training, practitioners struggle to find adequate research evidence on which to base reflection and practice. They need material relevant to the specific situation of managers working w

Leading Colleges
Leading colleges
Theories of Leadership

There is no shortage of theories of leadership. The 1900s have seen a steady growth in the literature defining what leaders are, what they do and what they achieve. Farey (1993) points out that early models were dichotomous in nature, analysing leadership by positing alternative approaches; senior staff could offer leadership or management, focus on people or tasks, exhibit masculine or feminine traits. As the environment in which leaders worked became more turbulent and ambiguous, analysis of leadership based on two alternative approaches seemed simplistic, and the latter part of the century saw the dichotomies transformed into models which synthesized rather than polarized the elements. Both management and leadership were required. Style was to be androgynous. Both people and tasks ...

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