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ERIC Number: ED399626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 17
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An Exploration of Principals' Metaphors for Leadership and Power.
Fennell, Hope-Arlene
Metaphors are useful for creating new meanings and making assumptions explicit. This paper describes the metaphors that four female principals used to conceptualize their thinking about leadership and power. Data were derived from observations and interviews with the principals, who had been identified by their school boards as outstanding leaders, over a 3-year period, and from interviews with teachers at their schools during the first year of the study. Three themes emerged in analysis of the metaphors: the relational aspects of leadership and power; the ethic of responsibility toward coworkers; and the sense of nurturance for coworkers. The data suggest that rather than controlling the dialectic in the schools, each principal is attempting to empower, facilitate, and encourage open expression among members of their school communities. The leadership styles expressed through the metaphors illustrated the concept of "power-with" authority and the notion of leadership as multifaceted. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada