ERIC Number: ED463424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Leadership in Vocational Education and Training. CRLRA Discussion Paper.
Falk, Ian; Smith, Tony
The question of the extent to which effective leadership in vocational education and training (VET) depends on the specific context in which it occurs was examined. Data were collected from the following sources: an intensive literature analysis; studies of purposive sample of 12 diverse VET sites across Australia; and individual interviews with 48 individuals and group interviews with approximately 60 individuals at the 12 sites. The data from the sites were assembled and subjected to preliminary analysis. Selected emerging results were reported. The following attributes were deemed important leadership characteristics: (1) envisages future trends and their impacts on current strategies; (2) demonstrates interpersonal skills by talking and listening to others and establishing rapport; and (3) works to understand the personalities, motivations, and other diverse qualities of people. The following different "takes" on effective VET leadership were identified: (1) leadership is initiated and carried by a single "leader" or manager; (2) leadership is encouragement of each employee; (3) leaders must see the big picture and translate it into each staff member's own contribution so they perform at their best; (4) people are essentially born leaders; and (5) leadership is about enabling people to develop and grow within an environment of increasing complexity and change. (Contains 33 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Case Studies, Context Effect, Definitions, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Influences, Interpersonal Competence, Job Training, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Qualities, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Rural Education, Secondary Education, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges, Urban Education, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.crlra.utas.edu.au/files/discussion/2001/Leadership_AVE TRA.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tasmania Univ., Launceston (Australia). Centre for Learning & Research in Regional Australia.
Identifiers - Location: Australia