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ERIC Number: EJ830190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 87
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
The Talent Enigma
MacBeath, John
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v9 n3 p183-204 Jul 2006
The talent enigma juxtaposes the discourses of "talent" as an inherent individual quality to be sought out and recruited as against talent as inherent in organizations which grow their own. This article explores this issue in the context of an international "crisis" of school leadership, examining how that crisis is constructed and how it impacts in differing contexts. Included here is discussion of the implicit assumptions of leadership qualities that schools require and, in other cases, explicit discussion of competencies deemed to be in short supply. In countries where no such shortages existed, the focus was less on the problems of recruitment and greater emphasis on growing and nurturing talent of prospective leaders and of school leaders already in situ. Recruitment issues and the debate over talent also served to bring into sharper focus the importance of succession and sustainability and leadership as distributed across the school community. This article examines these issues in light of the notion of the "war for talent", reviewing the nature of the obstacles to recruitment, some of the proposed solutions, and taking issue with some of the assumptions on which the "crisis" rests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom