Theories And Structures And Influence Of Effective School Leadership
The segments of this concept map have similarities and links that are important to painting a complete picture of effective school leadership, as these structures and concepts cannot be effective in isolation (Marzano, Walters and McNulty, 2005).
Overall this concept map demonstrates the importance of effective school leadership structure in working towards improved school culture and improved student outcomes.
Theories of Leadership:
Marzano et al., (2005) identify a number of leadership theories and styles that are present in organisations today. In analysing …show more content…
As schools become more autonomous and principals become advocates for their schools, principals are no longer just managing and implementing decisions made by others, but must make a range of decisions themselves about school vision, values, collaboration and development of people within the school (Townsend, 2011, p.100). They must work towards building a school vision and culture, invoke and build leadership capacity in others, engage in strategic planning and advocate for their schools (NSW Department of Education and Training (DET), 2006). A principal must have an effective team to work with to reach these …show more content…
Collaboration must be supported and encouraged by school leaders. Teachers need to be guided in how to collaborate most effectively and given opportunities to practise (Schifter, 2008).
In considering best practice that is evidence based, professional actions and decisions are not only informed by research and theories but are guided by the opinion and experience of knowledgeable practitioners, traditions, and knowledge gained from trial and error (Todd, 2007, p.60). This aligns well with an approach to leadership that values the skills and knowledge of individuals and distributes roles and responsibilities accordingly.
This process is also not stagnant but constantly evolving and effective leadership should involve continuously reflecting on practice as times change, technologies advance and research develops (Todd, 2007). In this sense we see innovation and leading