The charismatic transformational leader, who creates a 'vision' for the future of their organization and persuades others to follow their path towards it, is now the dominant viewpoint that underpins government policies towards leadership development in the English-speaking world.
This book offers a much-needed corrective to this orthodoxy by focusing on current research and thinking about 'leadership' rather than 'leaders. A wide range of prominent international contributors present a rare self critical look at their own assertions and test alternative leadership models against recent research projects. They also demonstrate how their analysis is relevant to all countries where leadership is an issue.
Major features include:
] alternative theories to understanding
the nature of leadership
] how leadership could be analyzed
] re-analysis of recent research carried out by contributors in the light of one or more of the alternative theories examined
] implications of the alternative perspectives for leadership training
This book is recommended to all staff and students involved in educational leadership, management or administration programmes.
Dr Lesley Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at the UK's The Open University (OU). Her current responsibilities include chairing the only compulsory module in the Masters in Education programme, supervising and examining doctoral students and leading the educational leadership and management academic area within the Doctorate in Education (EdD) programme. Additionally, Lesley is involved in various research activities. In addition to the DelPHE project, current projects include the relationship between leadership and social inclusion and access to and other issues connected with higher level study by prisoners
Introduction - Nigel Bennett and Lesley Anderson Rethinking Educational Leadership - Challenging the Conventions PART ONE: LAYING OUT THE PERSPECTIVES Leadership in the (Post)Modern Era - J Tim Goddard Embracing Uncertainty - Rodney T Ogawa Organizing and Leading to Enhance the Knowledgeability and Capability of Teachers Leadership, Learning and Negotiation in a Social Psychology of Organizing - Ian E Morley and Dian-Marie Hosking Distributing and Intensifying School Leadership - Peter Gronn PART TWO: THE PERSPECTIVES IN PRACTICE Challenging Circumstances - Megan Crawford The Role of Distributed and Intensified Leadership From Singular to Plural? Challenging the Orthodoxy of School Leadership - Alma Harris and Chris Day Developing Alternative Conceptions of Leadership and Organizations through Restructuring - Lynne M Hannay Collaboration in Communities of Practice - Jane McGregor Leaders of Subject Communities - Christine Wise Understanding Curriculum Leadership in the Secondary School - John O'Neill PART THREE: THE PERSPECTIVES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Assessing the Impact on Practice of Professional Development Activities - Nigel Bennett Preparing for Leadership in Education - Peter Ribbins In Search of Wisdom PART FOUR: REVIEW AND OVERVIEW Comparing and Contrasting the Perspectives - Helen Gunter Mapping the Field of Educational Leadership