Parallel leadership: the key to successful school capacity-building

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Crowther, Frank. 2010. "Parallel leadership: the key to successful school capacity-building." Leading and Managing. 16 (1), pp. 16-39.
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Parallel leadership: the key to successful school capacity-building

ERA Journal ID19932
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorCrowther, Frank
EditorsAndrews, Dorothy and Lewis, Marian
Journal TitleLeading and Managing
Journal Citation16 (1), pp. 16-39
Number of Pages24
Year2010
PublisherAustralian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)
Place of PublicationWinmalee, NSW, Australia
ISSN0310-8767
1329-4539
Web Address (URL)http://library.acer.edu.au/document/?document_id=183350
Abstract

This article addresses the somewhat contentious issue of distributed leadership. It derives from a compre-hensive 3-phase research project that focused on the imple-mentation of the IDEAS Project in Victoria, Australia. The article presents a process-based model of capacity-building that was developed out of phases one and twoof the research project. In phase three of the research, the leadership underpinnings of the six ‘dynamics’ in the capacity-building model were explored in detail. Fresh insights about distributed leadership derived from this phase of the research and are outlined in the article.
Based on the research, the article takes the position that distributed leadership is essential to successful capacity-building. It takes the further point that a particular form
of distributed leadership, parallel leadership, is worthy of very serious consideration as a leadership model for school improvement processes.

Keywordsleadership; capacity-building; leadership qualities; school administration; educational improvement; capacity building; IDEAS project; distributed leadership; Victoria
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390403. Educational administration, management and leadership
399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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