APPLYING LEADERSHIP THEORIES
Dr. Betty Nardelli
September 17, 2014
The leadership theories at the location I have chosen have not only been vastly different, but have actually adjusted and changed as both the leader’s time has been extended and the location’s needs have changed. Although there have been “outward changes” in the leadership styles, I do not believe those changes actually represents the leader’s foundational beliefs which I believe, at their core, follow the “directive” leadership theory. I completely agree with, support, and like the “directive” leadership theory/style (Hoyle, 2006). I think many involved in education tend to prefer a leader who is a firm believer in the “directive” theory. In my experience, many of my fellow educators are in favor of a decision just being made, whether we totally agree or not, so that we can then move on to the next needed decision and get on with the business of educating students. I also believe that the type of school set up (elementary/junior high/middle school/high school/private/public) as well as the type of school clientele have to be considered when deciding on what leadership theory will be employed the individual placed in a school leadership position (Hoyle, 2006, Martin, Wright, & Danzig, 2003, Razik and Swanson, 2010). For example, my experience at the elementary level was that elementary leaders need to be more like counselors for their faculty and students. Without falling into stereotypes too badly, many teachers who work at this level tend to be female, nurturers, there because they truly enjoy “raising kids”, and possess kinder and gentler hearts that bruise easily at blunt, directive leadership styles. On the other hand, my experience at the junior high level was that leaders need to be quite a bit more blunt and directive in their interactions. Faculties at this level tend to be larger, have more males, and (as teaching hormone-driven junior high students...
References: Hoyle, John R. (2006). “Leadership Styles.” Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration. Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE p595-98.
Martin, G. E., Wright, W. F., & Danzig, A. B. (2003). School leader internship: Developing, monitoring, and evaluating your leadership experience. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.
Razik, Taher A. and Swanson, Austin D. (2010). Fundamental Concepts of Educational Leadership and Management, Third Edition, p. 3-29
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