ERIC Number: EJ1030332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Servants, Managers and Monkeys: New Perspectives on Leadership
Buskey, Frederick C.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v17 n1 p123-129 2014
In this article the author questions whether the understanding of teaching and leading is the same today as it was last year? The chances are that the concept of what it means to be a teacher and a leader has changed. After describing three leadership types: servants, managers, and monkeys, Buskey suggest several things that are needed to improve leadership in organizations as a whole, and within the hierarchy. He offers recommendations such as: making a distinction between leadership training and licensing programmes for hierarchal positions in education; examining preparation programmes and expanding how and to whom these programmes are offered so that more people on the ground have opportunities to engage in quality leadership training, regardless of their hierarchical positioning or aspirations; and that licensure programmes need to contain a strong measure of servant leadership theory and, more importantly, practice. Finally, Buskey suggests the need to lobby state agencies to create multi-tiered licensure pathways to hierarchical school positions, beginning with teacher (ground level) leadership as a prerequisite to other positions.
Descriptors: Leadership, Vertical Organization, Educational Administration, Power Structure, Leadership Styles, Administrators, Leadership Training, Administrator Education, Teacher Leadership
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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