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Distributed Leadership

James P. Spillane

ISBN: 978-1-118-42933-4 June 2012 Jossey-Bass 144 Pages


James Spillane, the leading expert in Distributed Leadership, shows how leadership happens in everyday practices in schools, through formal routines and informal interactions. He examines the distribution of leadership among administrators, specialists, and teachers in the school, and explains the ways in which leadership practice is stretched over leaders, followers, and aspects of the situation, including routines and tools of various sorts in the organization such as memos, scheduling procedures, and evaluation protocols.

This book is a volume in the Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education—a series designed to meet the demand for new ideas and insights about leadership in schools.


The Author.

1. The Nature of the Beast.

2. The Leader-Plus Aspect.

3. The Practice Aspect.

4. A Distributed Perspective on and in Leadership Practice.



  • The expert on distributed leadership provides an overview of an emerging school of thought.
  • Short, practical, and easy-to-read.  Designed as a supplemental text in a graduate educational leadership course.
  • Helps both aspiring and practicing leaders keep up with the latest research and applications in a dynamic field.