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The Nature of School Leadership

  • Paul W. Miller
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Part of the Intercultural Studies in Education book series (ISE)

Abstract

The meaning of school leadership is an area of debate and contestation. No two schools are alike and no two school leaders are alike. From interviews with 61 school leaders of primary and secondary schools located in 16 countries in five continents, this chapter proposes to answer the following questions: “What is school leadership?” “How do you do school leadership?” “What underpins your leadership?” The research evidence suggests that school leadership has four dimensions, thus school leadership is: social (focused towards society), personal (leader’s agency), environmental and relational. The research evidence also suggests that school leaders do leadership through leading change, entrepreneurialism, partnership building and management, and policy management and implementation. Furthermore, factors underpinning a leader’s approach to leadership are: educational policies, teachers, school context and personal factors/motivation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul W. Miller
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  1. 1.School of Education and Professional DevelopmentUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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