Relationship Between School Results And School Leadership

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The closer examination into the relationship between school results and school leadership opened the discussion of new principles of leadership. Thomas Sergiovanni and Robert Starratt (who worked as a graduate assistant for Sergiovanni) were two leading advocates of usage of ethics and/or moral principles in the school administration. Sergiovanni (1986) and Starratt (1991) disseminated their adoption of moral and ethical perspectives to educational school leadership theory in their respective works, Moral Leadership: Getting to the Heart of School Improvement and “Building an Ethical School: A theory for Practice in Educational Leadership.” The following is further arguments of the significance of an ethical lens to school leadership and a more comprehensive understanding of the ethical and/or moral theoretical perspectives proposed by Starratt and Sergiovanni.
In his 1988 article, “Ethical Leadership: A Prerequisite for Effective Schools,” Raymond Calabrese, a researcher in educational administration, argues that an ethical school leader is linked to an effective school because one cannot exist without the other—an “effective principal must be an ethical principal” (Calabrese, 1988, p. 4). Moreover, Calabrese argues that it is up to the school principal to communicate ethical values that will inculcate the driving force for the entire school organization. Branson (2014a), a researcher in ethics, adds that “ethicalness is the cornerstone of leadership” and so “if it isn’t…
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