ERIC Number: ED380875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Leadership as Social Validation.
Hart, Ann Weaver
Successful leaders interact with group members and draw on their skills and knowledge. This paper examines some principles of interaction and socialization that support a view of effective leadership in schools--that of leadership as social validation. Inherent in the principal's job description is the tension between organizational socialization and leadership succession, which represents a classic tension between integration and creativity. The first part addresses the social pressure attendant to leadership change experiences and the opportunity that periods of change present to examine leadership relationships as they develop. The second part explores some of the implications of organizational socialization research for new school leaders and the interdependence of the school and principal. The third section confronts the possible outcomes of principal integration versus creativity and innovation and applies this discussion to the organizational socialization experience. The concluding section discusses the implications of an interactive view of leadership for principals seeking to exert influence in schools. The value of a social validation, interactive view of leadership points to sources of creativity outside the principal, highlights the responsibility of the principal's superiors for leadership outcomes, and promotes respect between parents and teachers. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).