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ERIC Number: EJ828392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Killing Me Softly: The "Making up" of the Educational Leader
McWilliam, Erica; Hatcher, Caroline
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v10 n3 p233-246 Jul 2007
The paper explores the call to use the emotions more fully in the interests of excellent leadership, through understanding why and how they have become desirable in the performance of educational work. The analysis that is presented seeks neither to endorse nor reject out of hand the new forms of leaderliness that are evoked through the call to be more in touch with the emotions. Rather, it elaborates the "making up" of this demeanour, and how it links to broader shifts in organizational culture. The paper probes this new leaderliness as a historically situated search for distinction, one that is rendered both visible and desirable through multiple forms of knowledge production. The analytic presented raises questions about the "fine tuning" processes of self-audit as a central aspect of this knowledge production, including the ways in which the desire to be a warm and passionate leader is acquired and promulgated. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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