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ERIC Number: EJ1043098
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
Radical Servant Leadership: A New Practice of Public Education Leadership in the Post-Industrial Age
Letizia, Angelo
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v12 n2 p175-199 Aug 2014
Both secondary and postsecondary public education may offer one the last spaces for true democratic dialogue untainted by the market (Giroux, 2011). Public education however is under attack by "reformers" who seek to privatize it and transform it into a market good (Klein, 2007). Due to this, public education needs leaders who will fight for it. This paper calls for a new type of leader, a radical servant leader. Radical servant leadership derives from Servant Leadership (Greenleaf, 2002). A servant leader leads by serving, by making the wellbeing of his or her follower's first priority. Radical servant leaders must make not only the welfare but the justice of his or her followers their number one priority. These leaders however will be in a unique situation. As public servants their goal will always be to serve the public good. They can accomplish this by utilizing the vast amount of information available in post-industrial society. They must mobilize this information and use it to bring a new dialectical period in human history.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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