Leadership In Catholic Schools

Decent Essays
Owens and Valesky (2015) admonish readers that “those who want to be effective educational leaders must have a clear grasp of the essentials of organizational behavior in deciding how to engage in the practice of leadership.” (p. 1). As leaders in Catholic schools, we have an inherent hierarchy of governance and organization, enjoying a degree of autonomy, answering solely to the pastor at the elementary level, or to the diocesan bishop or to a religious order at the high school level. On our own campuses, we have unique organizations, and while a hierarchy, in some form exists, we can “ethically and honestly…share power and distribute it more equitably in efforts to minimize its deleterious effects on the behavior of people…and make the school a more growth-enhancing environment.” (Owens and Valesky, 2015, p. 2). Several organizational theories exist that describe the way individuals within the organization relate to each other.
Organizational leaders derive their authority, depending on the nature of the organization.
In traditional settings, leaders derive authority from bureaucratic values. In a bureaucratic authority, there is a hierarchy of relationships within the organization. Sergiovanni (2015), describes the relationship of supervisors and subordinates as lacking collaboration and common goals. In a hierarchy, “goals and
…show more content…
In her week 7 lecture, Sister Patricia discusses the various leadership styles and identifies pros and cons of each. But the most significant idea for new principals is to identify where the staff is in their professional development, and move forward from there. Principals will be more effective if they start where the staff is and take time to learn about the school as the new school community learns about them. Depending on the professional development of the staff, the principal may have to rely on a number of different leadership strategies and organizational
Get Access