Thinking about Leadership…..Part 2

Headsmart.......Reflections of a Headteacher

A leader is defined by the Penguin Dictionary as, “somebody or something that ranks first, precedes others, or holds principal position; somebody who has commanding authority or influence” (Penguin, 2004).   Reading though various sources, leadership can be defined in many different ways. Definitions of leadership differ widely from author to author.  In fact, it is very difficult to define what ‘leadership’ is in our ever-changing, modern world.  The literature that is available offers many techniques in which to become an effective leader, but thoughts about what leadership actually is and how leadership traits are developed often clash.

Leaders in education must exemplify the same skills of leaders in any organisation.  In fact, it could be disputed that leaders in an educational setting must be able to demonstrate more fully, than leaders in any other context, this bank of tools that many authors refer to.  Educational leaders not only have to…

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