ERIC Number: ED363964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Leadership: Review of Selected Research.
Johnson, Marlene M.
This paper offers a review of selected leadership research, with a focus on the evolution of educational leadership research and the theories, methods, and perceptions that have guided this research. The analysis shows how there has been a shift from a person-focused, rational, simplistic view of leadership to a process-focused, more complex understanding of leadership. In doing so, however, "blind spots" have been created that continue to influence and limit the way leadership is studied and perceived. Three sections present an overview of leadership theory within organizational theory, an overview of school leadership research, and suggestions for addressing the blind spots in theory and research. The following "blind spots" in the study of leadership are identified: (1) an assumption of rationality; (2) as assumption of hierarchy; and (3) an assumption that leadership is a function of an individual or individuals within the organization. (Contains 159 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for School Leadership, Urbana, IL.