Why is educational leadership different?Mainly because of the context Most educational institutions are not for profit Main purpose of an educational institute is learning Context is often complex - involves multiple stakeholders with very conflicting demands Presents more opportunities for people to show leadership in most cases
Educational leadershipLeadership philosophies in the educationalarea are often quite different to those inmost other organisationsThe philosophies generally present ineducational settings can be: Instrumental Scientific Humanistic Critical
Educational philosophiesInstrumental Provides leaders with effective leadership strategies to deliver organisational outcomes. This is the most common philosophy in most OECD countries Designed to be all about being effective and helping to manage staff performance to achieve goals
Educational philosophiesThe scientific position This seeks to measure the causal impact of leaders on followers behaviours Uses statistics to measure effectiveness such as on student outcomes Used in transformational leadership All about getting follower commitment and results that can be measured
Educational philosophiesGathers and theorises from theexperience and biographies of thosewho are leaders All about telling stories about leadership and using case studies to inform practice Does not use measure for success Servant leadership would come under this philosophy
Educational philosophiesCritical position Concerned with revealing and emancipating leaders and followers from social injustice and the oppression of established social structures. Concerned with challenging the established way of doing things
Areas of leadershipEducation is special because you can be aleader in many areas: Developing courses of learning Leadership of courses -ensuring that course are delivered successfully on a day to day basis Research leadership - leading the research in an area of practice Departmental leadership - leading an organisational unit within an educational organisation Leading the organisation through a period of change Teaching leadership - being regarded as a leader in delivery
Problems of educational leadershipComplexity of contextShifting political agendasRise of competitionCommunity expectationsChanging knowledgeIntersectorial conflictsHard to lead in more than one area
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