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ERIC Number: EJ1117341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
Distributed Leadership as Fashion or Fad
Lumby, Jacky
Management in Education, v30 n4 p161-167 Oct 2016
Despite frequently expressed reservations concerning its fundamental theoretical weakness, distributed leadership (DL) has grown to become the preferred leadership concept and has acquired taken-for-granted status. This article suggests that the dominance of DL can best be understood as a fashion or fad rather than as a rational choice. It explores the techniques used to privilege DL, where not only logical but also emotional and moral arguments have been brought to bear. It is suggested that ongoing hybridization of distributed leadership theory serves to deflect criticism, rather as a virus continues to evade attack by changing its form. The article also argues that focusing on DL is a displacement activity, drawing people's attention away from the core purpose of leadership, which is to address the persistent inequality of chances that children experience in school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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