Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11375
Title: Questioning the notion of 'authentic' leadership in education: The perspectives of 'followers'
Contributor(s): Smith, Richard (author); Bhindi, Narottam (author); Hansen, Jens (author); Riley, Daniel  (author); Rall, Johan (author)
Publication Date: 2009
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11375
Abstract: Authentic leadership is emerging as an alternative perspective on leadership in different organisational settings including education (Bhindi & Duignan, 1997). The authors will draw upon the existent research and commentary on authentic leadership and its relevance to leaders engaged in human service organisations, especially in the field of Education. Notions of authentic leadership are to be found in the disciplines of Nursing, Human Resources and Business and Organisational Development. However, missing/unacknowledged dimensions of the current leadership literature will also be identified with respect to authenticity. For example often the literature is about authentic leadership from the perspectives of leaders themselves, rather than from the perspectives of the 'followers'. A rationale for this research project is presented outlining the need for empirical research from the viewpoints of practitioner-educators (teachers) as 'followers' of authentic leaders. The proposed research methodology is outlined which includes a blend of survey data and focus groups, which the researchers intend to map teacher (i.e. 'follower') perceptions of authentic leaders. Specifically, we want to determine the dynamics needed to promote authentic rather than 'contrived collegiality' (Hargreaves, 1994). It is contended that authentic leaders will empower communities of learners through the creation of vibrant, safe, fulfilling schools.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference - Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, Australia, 30th November - 4th December, 2008
Conference Details: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference - Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures, Brisbane, Australia, 30th November - 4th December, 2008
Source of Publication: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference Proceedings, p. 1-16
Publisher: AARE: Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1324-9339
Field of Research (FOR): 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Other Links: http://www.aare.edu.au/08pap/abs08.htm
http://www.aare.edu.au/08pap/smi08816.pdf
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