The Instructional Leader's Use of Distributive Leadership and Best Practices

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The Instructional Leader’s Use of Distributive Leadership and Best Practices

Distributed leadership can be defined and implemented in many ways. In order to explore the impact of shared leadership within a school system, a clear definition needs to be established. Items such as guidelines for determining who and how long a person would serve in a leadership position should be set and communication and accountability procedures to the principal should be clearly outlined and monitored. This paper examines the importance of distributive leadership in schools, the selection process for determining who should be involved in leadership positions and how principals can generate, support and sustain the organizational development of shared leadership. School leadership has significant effects on student learning, second only to teacher’s instruction. (Leithwood, 2004) Principals that incorporate distributive leadership allow people to share their expertise and passions for specific items and can increase the effect on learning. Distributive leadership is a framework for analyzing and reflecting upon situations with the understanding that no one has all the answers and as a team, a better solution can be created. It provides a structure and a culture for systemic change. (“Distributive Leadership,” 2010) Distributive leadership allows change to continue even if there is a change in principals or any one member of the team. A strong, well thought out plan with a great leader will
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