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ERIC Number: EJ904158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Get Your Mojo Working: Complexity's Call for Magnetic and Magical Leaders
Joyce, Paula
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v13 n3 p283-299 Jul 2010
In an increasingly fragmented and complex world, the author looks for ways to create greater coherence in the way schools go about their business. This article tracks the progress of a research project over the course of a year to find out what happens when teachers are given the opportunity to have a greater say about the work they do. The author entered the research field with an idea that she hoped would create the dissonance necessary to rethink the organizational systems and reframe them using complexity science as a referent. A form of democratic governance, sociocracy, created the space for emergent leadership, the results of which will continue to evolve over time as the players find new ways of keeping the system healthy, dynamic and moving in the desired direction. This emerging leadership calls for people with "magical" qualities who can work both for themselves and for the organization, both internally and externally. (Contains 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A