Dr. Julie Slayton Leadership Style

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Dr. Francis Kellar, a professor at the University of Southern California and director of New Teacher Support at Alliance College Ready Public Schools, and her equally qualified colleague, Dr. Julie Slayton, who possesses degrees in both educational policy and law, combine their research and experience concerning educational leadership characteristics to create a well-organized and extensive scholarly article that manages to overstate its own importance. The main purpose of their research includes the encouragement of further exploration into the interconnected relationship between leadership styles and psychosocial factors that affect principals’ leadership capabilities. By organizing their article so that it addresses the studies on leadership…show more content…
To create a succinct yet through body of research, the authors describe and explain important terms related to leadership technique areas including “double-loop learning” and the organizational improvement methods of “instructional leadership,” “transformational leadership,” and “distributed leadership” in brief paragraphs and sentences that present the readers with different views on the focus of school leadership and what values each type of method advocates. Likewise, the authors briefly explain the psychosocial elements that affect leadership, including: “mental models,” “immunities to change,” and “leader self-efficacy,” while also elaborating extensively on the need for “presence,” the personal inward reflection of a leader to create changes within his or her management. Lastly, despite competently explaining these main ideas in leadership organizational studies and psychosocial studies, the authors nevertheless dedicate half of their article to explaining a well-documented and significant case-study, originally constructed as a dissertation by Martinez-Kellar, that serves as an example of how to…show more content…
Major article headings, such as “Toward a Comprehensive Examination of School Leadership,” present the contents of the respective sections in a straightforward manner. For example, the content under the aforementioned heading features this directness by describing how the two avenues of thought should synthesize together for a more “comprehensive examination” of school leadership. While major headings provide a reader with a quick guide for identifying topics, minor headings, such as “Case Study Scenario: Principal A- Crystal Castle Academy,” break up the article information into separate and distinct sections. For example, the formerly addressed heading deals solely with the case-study. In addition to organizing information clearly using headings, the authors also present a Venn Diagram figure alongside the written text describing the intersecting avenues of psychosocial and organizational thought, and this graphic aid helps visual learners who may otherwise struggle to connect the two schools of thought. To emphasize their message of creating further research into interconnecting the realms of organization and psychosocial leadership studies, the authors bookend the article with a plea concerning the importance of their study and future
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