Leadership Assessment

When Leadership Turns Toxic

Ian Craig reflects on the phenomenon of “toxic” leadership in schools and makes connections to accountability pressures, the changing education landscape and the fragmentation of the school system. He identifies the implications this has for leadership development.
Staff meeting with leader

In The Guardian newspaper on 8 July 2017, Savage (2017) reported that of the 27,500 teachers who had qualified since 2011, almost a quarter had already left the profession. The retention (and indeed the recruitment) of teachers pose major challenges for education systems across the world. This article attempts to identify what may be a major contributing factor – an increase in toxic leadership.

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