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ERIC Number: EJ889044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
Spirited Leadership and the Struggle for the Soul of Headteachers: Differentiating and Balancing Nine Types of Engagement
Luckcock, Tim
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v38 n4 p405-422 Jul 2010
This article is written from the perspective of a practicing headteacher as a contribution to the theory and practice of spiritual leadership in education. By using a conceptual map derived from personality type theory it seeks to articulate several distinct facets of spirited leadership, intended to denote what engages, enlivens and enlightens our personal approaches to leadership. It also engages positively with the struggle for the soul of headteachers contesting that the overemphasis on interiorizing the performative self in orthodox constructions of headship and leadership development needs to be re-balanced by other equally important qualities of personhood. Based on a series of meditative reflections on the experience of inner leadership, a utopian manifesto is presented that elaborates on the strengths of the nine facets of spirited leadership for education and what is needed to safeguard them in the current climate. It concludes by asking whether the anticipated leadership recruitment crisis in the UK may actually be caused by the prevailing model of headship and urges the wisdom of asking not merely what kind of people thrive in the practice of educational leadership but more profoundly what kind of leadership suits the breadth and balance of the human soul. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom