Manifestations of leadership in diverse educational settings
Beswick, K, Manifestations of leadership in diverse educational settings, What is Next in Educational Research?, Sense Publishers, S Fan, J Fielding-Wells (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 185-196. ISBN 9789463005227 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]
Leadership is fundamentally about influence. In the context of organisations it
concerns influencing a group of people towards a shared goal (Northouse, 2010).
Categorisations and characterisations of leadership are myriad with each offering
particular insights and directing attention differentially to aspects of the contexts in
which leadership is described, as well as to characteristics, including behaviours,
of leaders and followers in that context. In this chapter attention is necessarily
confined to those concepts from the leadership literature that are either explicitly
mentioned or implicitly evident in the chapters of this section. Some of the six
chapters that comprise this section deal directly with leadership in educational
settings ranging from family day care to secondary schools. Others do not explicitly
consider leadership but, nevertheless, refer to concepts that are inherently related to
or dependent upon leadership. These include, school culture and policies, teamwork
and organisational hierarchies, abuse of power, and strength based approaches.
The settings are diverse and include primary and secondary schools as well as the
maritime environment. Ways in which leadership impacts upon and intersects with
school cultures, creativity, and quality teaching—major foci of the chapters—are
discussed in light of the chapters themselves and the broader literature.