Definitions Of Core Leadership

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Leadership is a common term that is used in different contexts. It has been said that the term ‘leadership’ has almost as many definitions as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept (Stodgill, 1974 cited in Western, 2008) therefore trying to find a definitive definition for leadership becomes more complex. One definition of leadership is, like many others, quite a general definition for any setting or organisation and it says that leadership may be considered as the process of influencing the activities of an organized group in its efforts toward goal setting and goal achievement (Stodgill, 1950). Core leadership practices’ are “setting directions; developing people; redesigning the organisation; and managing the instructional …show more content…
Managers often focus more overly on the day to day without being strategic about the long term, whereas leaders tend to focus on the long term and this distinction is supported by literature; leadership is perceived to include vision which is based on values shared by the rest of the team and this shows the importance that leadership is significant to provide motivation and direction to colleagues (HMIE, …show more content…
However, in more recent views of leadership, it is that the role is not just the responsibility of a single person, but rather, leadership is distributed, that a variety of people, a team that contributes to effective leadership (Dunlop, 2008). “Leadership is never just one way” (Smith and Langston, 1999).This suggests that it is not just the leader that leads a team, but the whole team can contribute distinct skills to a leadership role, and Rodd (2006) states that it is important that practitioners are encouraged to take the lead in some aspects of their work which means that elements of leadership are distributed which will then have a positive impact on the staffs’ self-esteem therefore allowing the team to work effectively together. The Bristol Standard (2011), a self-evaluation framework, suggests that a supportive work environment will create openness and mutual support, which will then result in better outcomes for the organisation, improving the quality of education and care, ultimately benefiting the child (Rodd, 2006; Bristol Standard, 2011), especially as Malaguzzi (1996) states that “babies and children take and interpret models from adults, and even more so when

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