What is it about?
Leadership is supposed to be influence exercised for good purpose but we know that's not always so. Poor educational leadership can have harmful consequences that impact on the whole school community. This paper explores leadership through its negative presentations by drawing on multiple disciples (philosophy, psychology and sociology) and on systems thinking. Our interest is in what it is, how it works and what can be done.
Why is it important?
Despite extensive investment in training of aspiring or incumbent leaders, stories of personal and organisational damage as a consequence of leadership are not hard to find. We believe understanding destructive leadership is a necessary step towards addressing the problem.
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This page is a summary of: Destructive leadership in education: a transdisciplinary critical analysis of contemporary literature, International Journal of Leadership in Education, July 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2019.1640892.
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