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ERIC Number: EJ1221666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2564-7261
Leadership as a Relational Phenomenon: What This Means in Practice
Branson, Christopher M.; Marra, Maureen
Research in Educational Administration & Leadership, v4 n1 p81-108 Jul 2019
This article stands in support of Eacott's primary intention of promoting a relational approach to leadership. However, its distinctiveness is in how this relational quality of leadership is understood, described and defended. In contrast to the essentially philosophical description provided by Eacott, this article offers a far more research-informed and practical understanding of leadership as a relational phenomenon. It begins by highlighting widespread international corporate research, which is paving the way for the general acceptance of leadership being a relational phenomenon. Also, the article draws upon a multidisciplined array of understandings to illustrate what can be considered as the relational foundational of leadership, which are then captured within seven fundamental principles of relational leadership practice. The final section of this article offers a pathway for those who wish to work towards enhancing their relational leadership capacity.
EARDA Turkish Educational Administration Research & Development Association. Dokuz Eylul University, Buca Faculty of Education, Izmir, Turkey 35150. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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