The Distribution of Leadership Essay

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1 Introduction
The distribution of leadership has been practiced from ancient times, Hatschepsut co-ruled Egypt with Thutmose III and the history of Rome is peppered with examples of joint-Emperorships. These examples, which involve sharing or complimentary leadership, are salient because they involve the tips of massive hierarchical organisations and show that there has been a need to flatten hierarchies and share responsibilities from ancient times.
The current term used is distributed leadership and its application is not exclusive to educational organisations. Although shared leadership is often taken to refer to POWER.
Within the last 10 years there has been a shift of emphasis of attention by educational scholars to the role of
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The school is 16 years old and began with only three positions of responsibility: the Director, High school Principal and ESL Coordinator who oversaw all aspects of administration and leadership and subsumed in their roles both Elementary and Middle school principals and IBDP coordinator.
As the school grew the number of positions of responsibility developed along a typical hierarchical structure to include Elementary, Middle School and High School section leaders, a IB DP and IB MYP Coordinator and in 2010 an IB PYP coordinator. (Any information on organisational growth in ad hoc International Schools?)
During the years 2003 – 2008 the position of Secondary Principal absorbed the positions of Middle and High School section leaders and Deputy Director.
The Secondary Principal became responsible for the following main areas within the secondary school:
Academics, student well-being, day-to-day management of the secondary school, liaison with parents and leadership of the secondary school (or whole school in the absence of the Director).
With the sudden departure of a newly appointed Secondary Principal the new Director tool the opportunity to put a distributed leadership model in place that was effectively a co-principalship of four individuals: Two Deans of Student Well-being responsible for student pastoral issues and two IB Coordinators as academic leaders (see figure 1 below). NB remove arrows Figure 1:

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