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ERIC Number: EJ803554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0892-0206
"Only the Honest Should Apply"
Kirkham, Glynn
Management in Education, v21 n4 p8-13 2007
Power is the basis of any form of leadership and "Leadership", according to Adair (1990: 145), "is the intelligent and sensitive use of power." The exercise of power is a social process. It requires that one person submits or concedes to the will or direction of another, for whatever purpose or reason. As a phenomenon, it ("power") explains how people are able to influence the behaviour and action of others. Through being in post as the "day-to-day manager" of the school and accountable for the achievements of all who work there, the headteacher has the "power" or "legitimate authority over" the staff to direct their actions towards the achievement of set goals and targets. The headteacher has, thus, the power to direct. The headteacher only has power when the direction and directions given are commensurate with their pursuit, considering the skills and expertise of the individuals who work there. Together, the power is synergistic. The headteacher only has power when there is compliance. Power depends on some form of compliance. If there is no compliance the power over another is nullified. In this article, the author examines the ways in which some headteachers are perceived by those who are led and managed by them. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Language: English
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