The Leadership Identity Journey

Having previously written about the importance of research traditions, the need for intra-disciplinary dialogue, and what is leadership,  it was with great pleasure that this week I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of The Leadership Identity Journey: An Artful Reflection (2014, Rowman & Littlefield) by Carol A. Mullen (Virginia Tech), Fenwick W. English (North Carolina) and William A. Kealy. I…

What is leadership?

The ELMA Theory Workshop last week was an outstanding success. The dialogue and debate around important issues for educational leadership was rigorous, but respectful of diversity. A question that arose following the discussion questioning ‘leadership’ was what exactly is it that we study when we claim to investigate leadership? This sounds confusing – and challenging….

#ELMA2014 Day Two

The annual ELMA Theory Workshop wrapped up today with four papers and a commentary from Professors Colin Evers and Gabriele Lakomski. The theme for the event was Administrative theory without the ‘L’ word. Chris Branson‘s ‘What might ‘leading-ship’ look like‘ was the first paper of day. Generating plenty of discussion and dialogue, Branson described some…

#ELMA2014 Day One

The first day of the ELMA Theory Workshop – Administrative theory without the ‘L’ word –  was a substantial intellectually stimulating event. In total six thought provoking papers were presented – and that was just the first day. Following the official welcome, Gabriele Lakomski and Colin Evers started the day with can best be described…

#ELMA2014

This week marks the flagship event for the ELMA research group with the annual ELMA Theory Workshop taking place at ACU North Sydney. Once again the workshop is over subscribed courtesy of the quality programme bringing together established and emerging scholars in educational leadership, management and administration from Australia and New Zealand. Taking up the…

Thinking of research traditions in ELMA

Following on from last week’s post about my work featuring on the SELMAS blog, this week I was interviewed by a graduate student from the University of Michigan regarding my work on educational leadership and policy, and my paper on offering an educational leadership unit to under-graduate students. One of the question about work in educational leadership…

Making new connections

Last week my paper Beyond the hype of leadership featured on the blog for the Scottish Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. My piece follows a stimulus from Walter Humes, part of the #Brainstrust series, challenging the discourses of leadership. In the bigger picture, while ‘leadership’ has been canonised in the scholarly and professional community,…

Decoupling experience and performance

Experience in the field has been a key way of assessing the expertise of professionals. That is, all things being equal, the person who has the most ‘experience’ is believed to be the better option. This idea of ‘experience’ is however frequently synonymous with tenure. Education, and particularly schooling, is very much based on time….

Diversity in the ELMA classroom

Recently I have been involved in many conversations about educational (but really school) leadership preparation and development. A consistent theme that comes up is around the differentiation of programs based on career stage. That is, the need for an ‘aspiring’, ’emerging’, ‘established’, ‘experienced’ and so, suite of programs. Although I understand the popularity of these initiatives…

A new appointment

Today I have been confirmed in the role of External Monitor for the Master of Educational Leadership and Management at Unitec (Auckland, New Zealand) for the next two years. This role involves working with the programme team to monitor the quality of the programme. In particular, the role requires a site visit and ongoing engagement…