Leadership And How It Is Defined Or Recognised Varies Amongst Many

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Leadership and how it is defined or recognised varies amongst many. The term can also be mistaken for management rather than someone who leads an organization, and in this case a school (Quality Leadership in Australian Schools, 2007). Leadership identifies two vital aspects: What style of leadership is executed and how leadership is implemented effectively. Teachers have already committed to becoming effective leaders just by choosing to be teachers themselves (Collay, 2008, p.28). So they naturally develop leadership capacity within their everyday teaching. They support and guide their students through their educational journey and this is flourished through change or transformation. But for teachers and Teacher Librarians to be true…show more content…
There are many different leadership theories. When considering which type of leadership is most apposite, there are contradicting opinions. Does a leader have to only portray one style of leadership? Or can a leader possess various qualities that could manage effective leadership? Transformational and sustainable leadership styles are found to be comparable and many would argue that these two are the most suitable for an educational leader. As an instructional leader, the Principal is a resource provider, a communicator and visibly present (Smith, W. F., & Andrews, R. L. 1989). These components are ideal for an educational setting and can also be represented in the leadership qualities that a Teacher Librarian could possess. As pointed out by Robert Greenleaf (1970, 1977), servant leadership emerges from a desire to help others, which is also a great quality for an effective leader. A great leader should work collaboratively, inspire, empower and share (Tapscott, 2012). When one considers developing educational setting and the current changes to the 21st century, there should be flexibility in the style of leadership, modifying the elements of leadership to accomplish various tasks (Marzano, Waters & McNulty, 2005). Transformation/Change Leadership A starting point for leading change should be a moral purpose, accompanied by a shared vision (Dempster, 2008; Law & Glover, 2000; Winzenreid, 2010).
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