ERIC Number: ED448497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Global Perspective on School Leadership.
Thomas, M. Donald; Bainbridge, William L.
The complexity of educational leadership belies simple models and must be examined holistically and historically. Leadership has a setting, a historical framework, a wholeness of meaning, and a diversity of influences. Effective leaders must both articulate the values of society and go beyond them. Most agree leadership: (1) is situational and varies with individuals and events; (2) emerges from every segment of society, and no single program produces leaders; (3) involves helping followers attain goals; (4) has an ethical dimension; and (5) is best understood through studying historical figures. Educational leadership today is made more difficult because of declining financial support, rising demand for accountability, increasing diversity, increasing policy conflicts, and pressure to use technology in the face of access gaps. Effective leaders require such personal competencies as the ability to listen, validate information, speak clearly, learn, use research, motivate, take risks, and establish purpose. Effectiveness requires technical competencies in such areas as professional leadership, information management, professional development, human resources, organizational management, financial management, and information systems. Future leadership will emanate from knowledge, not position, and embrace as priorities democratic principles; basic human rights; adherence to ethics, equity, fairness, and justice; knowledge of best practices; and adherence to the exemplar principle. Educational leaders must express idealism and practicality, remaining convinced of the usefulness of education. (TEJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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