Essay on Different Leadership Theories

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Running head: Different Leadership Theories Essay Ebony Bittings Grand Canyon University: UDA-575 September 26, 2012 When you think of the terms: leader and leadership, you generally equate them with being only one person. However, my view of leadership, especially effective leadership, is a shared function between many individuals. There are numerous leadership theories. As a whole, leadership theories should be implemented to contribute to the improvement of our schools. I have chosen the school I currently teach at to serve as the subject of my research throughout the duration of this course. I work at an elementary school named Myrtle Ave Elementary school in Irvington, New Jersey. Dionne…show more content…
The only time we are occasionally able to give our input is on Tuesday’s when we have grade level meetings. This is only of course if we are asked to do so. Otherwise we are given direct orders and are expected to follow and implement them without question. While I admit that my administrator has knowledge and expertise in some areas, the most successful leaders know that knowledge is strongest when it is shared and multiplied among the masses. In my opinion, Directive theories will never be a positive leadership style because it does not allow for administrators, staff and stakeholders to work collaboratively toward a common and shared goal. When people do not feel invested, they are less likely to contribute their time and dedication. There is absolutely no community involvement or support of my school. I blame my principal for that. The staff has asked numerous times to conduct community outreach programs but our administrator always makes excuses as to why it can’t happen. The actions of an administrator, such as moral, work ethic, academic optimism and trust, are often emulated by its staff. According to the article The Relationship between Distributed Leadership and Teachers' Academic Optimism (2008): 214-228. “This conception of leadership distribution patterns reflects theory and evidence suggesting that more coordinated forms of leadership distribution make more productive contributions to
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