Leader authenticity in intercultural school contexts
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AbstractThis article proposes that effective leadership in intercultural schools requires authentic understanding and related action; and that this can only be sought through a dedication to ongoing leadership learning. After briefly introducing the metaphor of authentic leadership, outlining the influence of culture on school leadership and the context of intercultural schools the paper suggests a number of learning avenues through which leaders can consciously reframe and better understand problems and solutions around these intercultural school contexts. These interrelated avenues include learning beyond standardised leadership prescriptions, simultaneously trusting and mistrusting experience, learning through student learning, learning through variation, learning through looking beyond culture and learning through curiosity. The major theme running through related discussion is that authentic intercultural leadership is particularly attuned to the values, beliefs and behavioural uniqueness of the students, teachers and others which comprise the community. In other words, it aims to acquire intercultural understanding on an ongoing basis and use this to inform leadership beliefs and practice. Therefore, authentic leadership and learning can be viewed as inseparably twinned. © Sage Publications, Inc. 2007.
All Author(s) ListWalker A., Shuangye C.
Journal nameEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Year2007
Month4
Day1
Volume Number35
Issue Number2
PublisherSAGE Publications
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Pages185 - 204
ISSN1741-1432
eISSN1741-1440
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsAuthentic leadership, Educational leadership, Intercultural, Leadership, Leadership Development, Professional development, Values

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