The Many Faces of Leadership

This first couple weeks of school I have really wanted to be as visible as possible, to both students and faculty. This means not only am I present during all student passing times and lunch periods, I’m also trying to pop into as many classes as possible. Doing this helps me understand interactions between all members of our community. Knowing what teachers are teaching and how students are responding to their leadership style is both informative and educational. There is so much I can learn about learning simply by observing different approaches in the classroom.

As a teacher it is great professional practice to observe a colleague in action, hopefully taking from it a deeper understanding of their own personal approach to learning, and perhaps a few ideas as well. After all, schools are designed for learning and this learning must not begin and end with the students. I consider myself very fortunate to be in a position that permits me to learn as much as possible from my observations of students, teachers, and the administrative team.

One thing I have learned throughout the years is that everyone has there own unique leadership style that works for them, but which style is best for a school, and therefore, learning? I’m not sure there’s a definitive answer to this question, but I do have my favourite.

Approaches to leadership have varied greatly throughout the years, and as our knowledge base on the subject expands so too do the various approaches. What interests me the most is what leadership style theory has developed into over time.

Modern Leadership Approaches There are many Modern Leadership approaches, Below I have borrow research done by Kahya, C. and Pabuçcu, H. in 2015 outline a few.

  • Charismatic Leadership – Generally associated with social change and renewal. shows itself in the crisis periods, which disrupt both tradition and rational rule. In this approach, the charismatic leader changes his followers’ through shaping their attitudes according to his own ideas.
  • Visionary Leadership – Described that the leaders should have the visionary leadership behaviours and personal characteristics. According to this approach, leadership effectiveness depends on having a vision of the leaders. Such leaders consider not only the now, but also the future in the decision making process.
  • Strategic Leadership Approach focuses on top management who have overall responsibility for an organisation.head-746550_1920Strategic leaders do not exercise effect in the same way as managers who operate at lower levels of the organisation. Due to the scope of their effect, their decisions can have vital important consequences for the organisation
  • Authentic Leadership Characterised by a leader’s self-awareness, openness, and clarity behaviours. Authentic leaders consider their followers ideas because they prefer the participation in their actions, and they reveal their personal values, motives, and sentiments clearly.
  • Transformational Leadership – In this approach, four leadership dimensions are suggested: charismatic role modelling, individualised consideration, inspirational motivation, and intellectual stimulation.
  1. “By using charisma, the leader inspires admiration, respect, and loyalty, and emphasises the importance of having a collective sense of mission.
  2. By individualised consideration, the leader builds a one-to-one relationship with his or her followers, and understands and considers their differing needs, skills, and aspirations.
  3. By inspirational motivation, the leader articulates an exciting vision of the future, shows the followers how to achieve the goals, and expresses his or her belief that they can do it.
  4. By intellectual stimulation, the leader broadens and elevates the interests of his or her employees, and stimulates followers to think about old problems in new ways” (Kahya, C., & Pabuçcu, H., 2015).

Which leadership style best describes your approach? Which do you think is most conducive to learning and teaching? Please feel free to comment with your thoughts regarding this post or leadership styles in general.

Works Cited

Kahya, Cem, and Hakan Pabuçcu. “EVALUATIONING LEADERSHIP STYLES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF RENSIS LIKERT’S SYSTEM-4 MODEL BY USING FUZZY AHP APPROACH1.” IIB International Refereed Academic Social Sciences Journal 17.6 (2015): 1-23. ProQuest. Web. 11 Aug. 2015.

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell

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