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Sinking ships, emerging leadership: a true story of sustainability (or the lack thereof)


Mulford, WR and Moreno, J, Sinking ships, emerging leadership: a true story of sustainability (or the lack thereof), The Educational Forum, 70, (3) pp. 204-214. ISSN 0013-1725 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/00131720608984897


Sustainable educational leadership — leadership which leaves a legacy that lasts beyond the leader’s professional lifetime — is very much in fashion nowadays. A recent edition of this journal was devoted entirely to the topic (Hargreaves 2005a). However, it is important to ensure that, together with leadership itself, the impact of leadership is sustainable. The self-aggrandizement, silver bullets, short-term big-bang approaches, procedural illusions, witch hunts, failures to communicate, and lack of accountability evident in the story of the building of the Swedish 17th century warship, the Vasa, do not sit well with sustainable and effective leadership. In this article, lessons learned from the Vasa are compared and contrasted with those put forward by the contributors to the recent themed edition of this journal. The authors then identify what they believe, on the basis of North American and international research evidence, to be the emerging priorities for sustainable and effective educational leadership.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sustainable educational leadership
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Mulford, WR (Professor Bill Mulford)
ID Code:39542
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-21
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