New leadership models: Global leadership paradigms within local perspectives

Year: 2009

Author: Harold, Barbara, Stephenson, Lauren

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Throughout the world, and especially in the Middle East, education reform continues apace and the last decade has seen new perspectives emerging in research on educational leadership (Ospina, 2004). Changes in sociopolitical contexts have required a reframing of leadership (Bolman and Deal, 2008) as position power to a focused and systematic look at leadership at different levels. These new and shared leadership perspectives, grounded in an ethical moral perspective (Fullan, 2004), may prove to be more effective, innovative and contextually relevant (Pearce and Conger, 2003). This new focus invites a fresh approach to investigation of how teachers can share in leading change in schools and classrooms relevant to their local contexts and communities of practice.

This paper reports on current research that investigates how the perspectives on teacher leadership of two cohorts of graduates in a Master of Educational Leadership program align with other emerging models and what are the implications for their practice. Earlier findings have discussed their developing leadership identities and how these changed through the graduate program. The researchers’ focus has now moved to questions about what models of leadership the graduates are drawn to, how they intend to practice and apply leadership in real settings and what support might be needed for them in their work