Journal article

Heroic leadership in Australia, Sweden, and the United States

Lawrie Drysdale, Jeffrey Bennett, Elizabeth T Murakami, Olof Johansson, David Gurr

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT | EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

Purpose-The purpose of this paper is to draw from data collected as part of the International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP) and present cases of democratic and heroic leadership from three countries, discussing to what extent successful school principals in each of their research sites (Melbourne, Australia; Umeå, Sweden; Arizona and Texas in the USA) carry old and new perspectives of heroism in their leadership. In particular the paper explores two questions: first, how do school principals describe aspects of heroic and post-heroic leadership in their practices? and second, how do these heroic and post-heroic leadership practices meet contemporary demands such as accounta..

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