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Collaborative School Leadership

Collaborative School Leadership
A Critical Guide

March 2018 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book takes the idea of distributing leadership in schools to a new level of understanding and practice. The authors address the complexities of leadership by putting forward two essential propositions. The first is the need to understand leadership as the outcome both of people’s intentions and the complex flow of interactions in the daily life of schools. The second is the need to integrate values of social justice and democracy into our understanding of leadership. Building on this insight, the authors show how leadership can be truly collaborative. The book also combines practice, theory and research and draws on the authors’ international experience.  

This book is an invaluable resource for reflection and change for everyone who contributes to and studies leadership – senior leaders, teachers, support staff, students and researchers.


Benefits of Leadership Distribution
Critiques and Challenges
Intentionality and Emergence
Philosophy of Co-development
Leadership as a Reciprocal Learning Relationship
A Learning Model of Leadership Development
Developing Collaborative Leadership: Enabling Structures and Creative Spaces
Developing Collaborative Leadership: Change from across the Leadership Landscape
Developing Collaborative Leadership: Identity Change
Catalysts for Change

This book makes a vital contribution to educational leadership that promotes human flourishing by showing how to bring about change in the day-to-day operation of leadership. The authors offer an alternative view of educational leadership to advance social justice and inclusion with practical tools for creating a collaborative leadership culture.

Anthony Thorpe
Senior Lecturer, Leadership and Management, University of Roehampton

A very timely publication. For those wanting to understand key aspects of fledgling system leadership, this book has some highly informative sections.

Mr bill lowe
Department of Education, Newman University
April 17, 2018

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