A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories  book cover
1st Edition

A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories

ISBN 9780415899512
Published February 9, 2012 by Routledge
232 Pages

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $10.99
was $54.95
USD $43.96

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Educational administrators know that leadership requires hundreds of judgments each day that require a sensitivity and understanding of various leadership strategies. Bridging the gap between the academic and practical world, A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories provides an exploration of ten dominant leadership strategies to give school leaders a solid basis in theory and practical application. Demonstrating the advantages and drawbacks of each theory, readers are encouraged to discover the most appropriate strategy, or combination of strategies, that will best enable their school to achieve positive results.

Each Chapter Includes:

  • Introductory vignettes grounding the leadership theory in practice
  • Discussion of the history, development, and utility of the strategy
  • Research findings for further exploration of the theory
  • End-of-chapter questions and activities designed to connect theory to practice

This book is essential reading for aspiring and practicing school leaders who wish to have a better understanding of their leadership role. Providing a focused, up-to-date introduction to the current themes and dimensions of educational leadership, A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories presents all the tools necessary to analyze and implement effective leadership in readers’ own settings.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Transformational Leadership: The (Un)Disputed Champion of Leadership Strategies

Chapter 2: Instructional Leadership: A Catalyst for the Promotion of Teaching and Learning

Chapter 3: Distributed Leadership: A Humanistic Approach to Shared Governance

Chapter 4: Ethical Leadership: Using Your Moral Compass to Steer the Ship

Chapter 5: Emotional Leadership: Using Your Heart to Lead

Chapter 6: Entrepreneurial Leadership: How Schools Can Learn from Business Leaders

Chapter 7: Strategic Leadership: Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Chapter 8: Sustainable Leadership: The Race Is Won by Those Who Endure

Chapter 9: Invitational Leadership: Developing a School Culture of Trust, Respect, and Hope

Chapter 10: Constructivist Leadership: A Framework for Building Sustainable School Improvement

View More



Matthew Lynch is Assistant Professor of Education at Widener University.