A review on leadership and leadership development in educational settings

Publication date: Available online 8 March 2019Source: Educational Research ReviewAuthor(s): Ellen Daniëls, Annie Hondeghem, Filip DochyAbstractLeadership gained a lot of attention during the past decades because of school principals’ growing responsibilities and the accountability-driven context they work in. However, reviews providing a general overview of effective school leadership theories and effective professional development are rare. The present review was conducted to summarise the existing literature and discover lacunae in school leadership research in preschools, primary and secondary schools. 75 studies focusing on leadership theories, characteristics of effective school leadership and school leaders’ professional development were included and analysed. The present article provides an overview of main leadership theories such as instructional leadership, situational leadership, transformational leadership, distributed leadership and Leadership for Learning. Second, the article focuses on the characteristics of effective school leadership and lastly, the review offers features of effective professional development activities for school principals.
Source: Educational Research Review - Category: Child Development Source Type: research