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ERIC Number: EJ960041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Leaders Seeking Resonance: Managing the Connectors that Bind Schools
Walker, Allan
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v15 n2 p237-253 2012
This commentary focuses on school leadership as connective activity. Leadership is essentially about designing, managing and energizing the right connections, and untying the wrong ones, in order to make schools successful, equitable, happier places. The author's basic proposition is that school leaders who influence students and their communities positively are not those who focus just on secluded patches of their organizational turf, but leaders who consciously make connections within, across and beyond it. The article is divided into three major sections. In the first section, the author discusses what he means by connection. To do this, he draws partly on notion of resonance, and the metaphor of reflexology. In the second section, he applies this metaphor to schools and school leadership; and teases out briefly some parallels between reflexology and leadership. In the third section, he suggests that the job of a leader is to simultaneously connect, reconnect and disconnect within, across and beyond the school. In this section, he attempts to capture and illustrate some of the connective activities which form such an important part of school leadership. The foundational connective activity is that of defining purpose. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United States