Educational Research Journal



Unleashing Sustainable Leadership in Schools: The Paradox of Distributed Leadership

2013.第28卷第1及2期(Vol. 28 Nos. 1 & 2).pp. 33–50
 

Unleashing Sustainable Leadership in Schools: The Paradox of Distributed Leadership

Tracy WILLIAMS

Abstract

Educational leadership might approach more sustainable practices that allow educators to serve students when employing strategies that focus energy on solutions within the whole of a group of school leaders rather than on the talent of an individual. Situated in the body of research on distributed leadership, this research leverages qualitative data from interviews with leaders in distributed settings to analyze the shifts needed to enact leadership in ways that reach the improvement goals of the school, and delineates how teacher leadership is situated in a distributed frame. Initial findings from an ethnographic study of teacher leaders’ roles reveal barriers that may limit the capacity of an educational organization to meet the needs of the learners. The principles of distributed leadership, when approached in school settings, are well suited to the learning goals of these organizations, and may foster not only leadership development, but increase the longevity of the teaching staff as well, promoting stability in neighborhood schools.

Keywords: educational leadership; distributed leadership; teacher leadership

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