Successful schools overcome two related challenges: They share ideas rapidly and effectively across the whole school; and they encourage many people to be leaders. Unfortunately, our traditional notions of professionalism and leadership are ill suited to cultivating these sorts of connections. In the past, a professional was someone who honed their own expertise, managed their own time, exercised their discretion and sought to meet clear standards or accountabilities. In the past, a leader was a manager; someone who had formal authority over a set of resources (budget, staffing, procedures) and who acquired their influence through the use of this authority: telling people what to do, basically. No longer.
Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 09