Sustainable leadership for sustainable school outcomes: focusing on the capacity building of school leadership

Conway, Joan M. (2015) Sustainable leadership for sustainable school outcomes: focusing on the capacity building of school leadership. Leading and Managing, 21 (2). pp. 29-45. ISSN 1329-4539


Much is said of the importance of leadership for sustainable school improvement, but what of sustainable school leadership? Is it possible to sustain school improvement when the personnel change? Research in schools that have successfully engaged with the IDEAS Project, across several Australian education systems, has revealed notable attributes of capacity building for effective leadership in schools. IDEAS is a whole of school improvement project led by the Leadership Research International (LRI) team of the University of Southern Queensland based on principles of organisational alignment, leadership and professional learning where the principal and teacher leaders work mutualistically, with shared purpose and allowance for individual expression. This article presents evidence of sustainable school leadership when principals and their teacher leaders relentlessly continue to build capacity for pedagogical development and implementation toward enhanced school outcomes. More convincing is the evidence that strengthens the phenomenon of capacity building for sustainability in spite of a change of personnel; therein lies the reality of sustainable school leadership for sustainable school improvement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2016 06:05
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: school leadership; capacity building; sustainability; school outcomes
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions

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