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Published on April 12, 2008

Author: joeleung

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This presentation attempts to explore educational leadership as distinct from management and share key findings in research that studies the various styles and approaches to leadership.

Exploring Professional Leadership Concepts and evidence of leadership

Objectives To provide an avenue for articulation of what we have learnt and experienced about educational leadership To share empirical observations of how different types of leadership function in real school contexts To enrich our understanding of the key concepts of leadership discussed in recent research To enrich our vocabulary for discourse on leadership

To provide an avenue for articulation of what we have learnt and experienced about educational leadership

To share empirical observations of how different types of leadership function in real school contexts

To enrich our understanding of the key concepts of leadership discussed in recent research

To enrich our vocabulary for discourse on leadership

Mean anything to U? The pessimist complains about the direction of the wind, the optimist expects the direction to change, but the leader simply adjusts the sails. Anonymous Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Stephen Covey

The pessimist complains about the direction of the wind, the optimist expects the direction to change, but the leader simply adjusts the sails.

Anonymous

Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. Stephen Covey

References School Leadership: Concepts and Evidence ( http://www.ncsl.org.uk/mediastore/image2/bush-school-leadership-full.pdf ) Distributed Leadership ( http://newportal.ncsl.org.uk/media/F7A/87/bennett-distributed-leadership-full.pdf ) Ten questions for school leaders ( http://www.ncsl.org.uk/mediastore/image2/kpool-evidence-green.pdf )

School Leadership: Concepts and Evidence ( http://www.ncsl.org.uk/mediastore/image2/bush-school-leadership-full.pdf )

Distributed Leadership

( http://newportal.ncsl.org.uk/media/F7A/87/bennett-distributed-leadership-full.pdf )

Ten questions for school leaders

( http://www.ncsl.org.uk/mediastore/image2/kpool-evidence-green.pdf )

Defining leadership 30 words in 3 minutes Leadership is …

30 words in 3 minutes

Defining leadership Leadership Influence values vision Working definition Leadership is a process of influence leading to the achievement of desired purposes. Successful leaders develop a vision for their schools based on their personal and professional values . They articulate this vision at every opportunity and influence their staff and other stakeholders to share the vision. The philosophy, structures and activities of the school are geared towards the achievement of this shared vision .

Word of caution The current emphasis on vision in leadership can be misleading. Vision can blind leaders in a number of ways… The high-powered, charismatic principal who “radically transforms the school” in four or five years can… be blinding and misleading as a role model… my hypothesis would be that most such schools would decline after the leader leaves… Principals are blinded by their own vision when they feel they must manipulate the teachers and the school culture to conform to it. (Fullan, 1992, p. 19)

The current emphasis on vision in leadership can be misleading. Vision can blind leaders in a number of ways… The high-powered, charismatic principal who “radically transforms the school” in four or five years can… be blinding and misleading as a role model… my hypothesis would be that most such schools would decline after the leader leaves… Principals are blinded by their own vision when they feel they must manipulate the teachers and the school culture to conform to it.

(Fullan, 1992, p. 19)

Leadership & Management Administration Management Leadership Maintenance Development Maintaining current organisational arrangement Related to implementation and technical issues linked with change influencing others’ action in achieving desirable goals

Maintaining current organisational arrangement

Related to implementation and technical issues

linked with change

influencing others’ action in achieving desirable goals

What if? Over-managed Under-led Under-managed Over-led Which is more important? Management or Leadership?

Brainstorming about types of leadership Moral Participative Contingent Post- modern Transform- ational Managerial Inter- personal Instructional

Sharpening the focus Leadership in action Instructional Transforma- tional Participative Moral

Practicalising theories Instructional leadership Research findings Practice Effective instructional leadership comprises: A sharp focus on learning and teaching Talking with teachers Promoting teachers’ professional growth Fostering teacher reflection Some effective strategies: Modelling Monitoring Professional dialogue and discussion

Effective instructional leadership comprises:

A sharp focus on learning and teaching

Talking with teachers

Promoting teachers’ professional growth

Fostering teacher reflection

Some effective strategies:

Modelling

Monitoring

Professional dialogue and discussion

Practicalising theories Transformational leadership Research findings Practice Higher level of commitment + Greater capacities = extra effort + greater productivity Transformational leadership occurs when one or more teachers engage with others in such a way that administrators and teachers raise one another to higher levels of commitment and dedication, motivation and morality. Successful principals are both transactional and transformative

Transformational leadership occurs when one or more teachers engage with others in such a way that administrators and teachers raise one another to higher levels of commitment and dedication, motivation and morality.

Successful principals are both transactional and transformative

Practicalising theories Participative leadership Research findings Practice Collaborative decision making People are more likely to implement decisions which they have participated in making Evidence of successful implementation of participative leadership in schools is sparse

Collaborative decision making

People are more likely to implement decisions which they have participated in making

Evidence of successful implementation of participative leadership in schools is sparse

Practicalising theories Moral leadership Research findings Practice Outstanding heads demonstrate the following values and beliefs through their words and deeds: inclusivity, equal opportunities, equity or justice, high expectations, engagement with stakeholders, co-operation, teamwork, commitment and understanding Similar to transformational leadership but with a stronger emphasis on values and beliefs Providing schools with a clear sense of purpose The metaphors – the heart, the head and the hand of leadership

Similar to transformational leadership but with a stronger emphasis on values and beliefs

Providing schools with a clear sense of purpose

The metaphors – the heart, the head and the hand of leadership

Making judgements Moral Instructional Participative Contingent Post- modern Transform- ational Managerial Inter- personal

Making judgements Most successful leaders are likely to embody most or all of these approaches in their work. Able to carry out effective situational analysis and adapt their approaches to the specific context.

Most successful leaders are

likely to embody most or all of these approaches in their work.

Able to carry out effective situational analysis and adapt their approaches to the specific context.

Triangulation - DOD Document Study Observation Discussion Study of SHS results, SSA, KPM and other relevant school documents to inform drafting of enquiry points and to guide the review Daily meetings with Principal Principal's presentation Triangulation processes - meetings and interviews with different levels of school personnel (SMC, SIT, MM, LASW and basic rank Ts) and stakeholders (parents and students) Evaluation of the delivered curriculum school effectiveness is a key indicator of quality leadership

Exploring further … What questions would you ask to guide your onsite inquiry about school leadership? Which type of school leadership is more likely to be successful at this stage of education reform? How does a school leader strike a balance between his/her leadership and manager’s role in enhancing school development and performance?

What questions would you ask to guide your onsite inquiry about school leadership?

Which type of school leadership is more likely to be successful at this stage of education reform?

How does a school leader strike a balance between his/her leadership and manager’s role in enhancing school development and performance?

To cope with a demanding reform agenda and avoid burn-out… Sustainable Leadership @ http://www2.bc.edu/~hargrean/docs/seven_principles.pdf

Sustainable Leadership @ http://www2.bc.edu/~hargrean/docs/seven_principles.pdf

What have we learnt? Concepts and evidence of leadership Evaluating leadership in the course of school review

Concepts and evidence of leadership

Evaluating leadership in the course of school review

In a nutshell, … Leadership and management are both important No single leadership style can reign supreme  better adopt an eclectic approach to leading and managing educational change Quality of leadership represents itself in the day-to-day running of the school … Thank you!

Leadership and management are both important

No single leadership style can reign supreme  better adopt an eclectic approach to leading and managing educational change

Quality of leadership represents itself in the day-to-day running of the school



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