The Leadership Of A Managing School

1809 Words Jun 1st, 2015 8 Pages
Organisation in Western society have undertaken changes during the last decade, creating an ‘era of empowerment’ for the individual, collectively known as collaborative individualism (Limerick & Cunnington, ). This change has come about to deconstruct the traditional hierarchical leadership models, and highlights the requirement for individuals to work collaboratively towards a common vision, without the need for hierarchical structure and bureaucratic rules (……). As such, researchers have observed the changes with modern organisations utilising this ideology, and noted the battles within for power, and ultimately the implications these battles uphold for management (………). The case study presented in this report critically analyses the significance of such empowerment within the specific school context, and outlines how their approach of leading a self- managing school is creating tensions and leadership challenges, due to staff feeling various constraints on time, resources and management, and a disconnect between executive staff and teaching staff.
The nature of school leadership in the post-industrial society has changed significantly, as has the definition of work itself (Mulford ). The leadership of schools in Western society has transformed from traditional structure to now being run as business organisations (Fullan, 2000; Hasley et al, 1997; Leithwood et al, 1996, Louis & Miles, 1990). Principals are expected to be able to adapt to manage the complexities of…
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