Exploring Transformational and Transactional Educational Leadership.
Exploring Transformational and Transactional Educational Leadership
Much has been written about effective educational leadership styles (Townsend 2011) and there appears to be no shortage of literature on this topic as a search shows on April 2014 there were 14,108 books relating to ‘educational leadership’ for sale on Amazon.co.uk.
Educational leadership is both dynamic and ever evolving (Bush and Coleman 2006; Avolio et al 2009). It encompasses a vast amount of literature yet still remains a relatively ambiguous topic due to vastly competing ideas about how educational leadership should be carried out (Storey 2004; Harris 2009; Avolio et al 2009; Richards 2012).
Burns (1978) produced a seminal work which distinguished between transactional and transformational leadership. Transactional leadership is the exchange of things in return for work with no incentive for a higher purpose. Transformational leadership is more concerned with trying to raise people to higher levels of motivation. Leithwood et al (1999, p 14) refer to…
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