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Women and Educational Leadership

Margaret Grogan, Charol Shakeshaft

ISBN: 978-0-470-93349-7 November 2010 Jossey-Bass 144 Pages


This groundbreaking book presents a new way of looking at leadership that is anchored in research on women leaders in education. The authors examine how successful women in education lead and offer suggestions and ideas for developing and honing these exemplary leadership practices.

Women and Educational Leadership shows how the qualities that characterize women's approaches to leadership differ from traditional approaches?whether the traditional leader is a woman or a man. The authors reveal that women leaders are more collaborative by nature and demonstrate a commitment to social justice. They tend to bring an instructional focus to leadership, include spiritual dimensions in their work, and strive for balance between the personal and professional.

This important book offers a new model of leadership that shifts away from the traditional heroic notion of leadership to the collective account of leadership that focuses on leadership for a specific purpose—like social justice. The authors include illustrative examples of leaders who have brought diverse groups to work toward common ground. They also show how leadership is a way to facilitate and support the work of organizational members. The ideas and suggestions presented throughout the book can help the next generation fulfill the promise of a new tradition of leadership.

Women and Educational Leadership is part of the Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education series.

Foreword by Beverly Hall ix

Introduction: Women Leaders Redefine Leadership 1

1. Five Ways Women Lead 5

Relational Leadership 6

Leadership for Social Justice 10

Spiritual Leadership 13

Leadership for Learning 18

Balanced Leadership 21

2. Our Status: Women School Administrators 27

History of Gender and School Leadership Research 31

Gender and Leading for Change 36

3. A New Way: Diverse Collective Leadership 41

Leading Collectively for Change 44

Relational Power 46

Social Network Theories and Change 48

Fluid Lines of Communication 51

The Power of Cognitive Shifts 54

Stages of Cognitive Shifts 57

4. A Closer Look at Collective Leadership in Practice 63

From Distributed Leadership to Diverse Collective Leadership 64

Three Ways to Support a Dynamic Culture 66

The Power of Integration: A Personal Skill 69

Working With and Through Others 72

School as Social Movement 75

5. Beyond Gender? 83

Leadership Shaped by Women 84

Making Meaning of Leadership 89

Embracing the Power of the Collective 92

Sustainable Leadership 96

Conclusion: Generating the Power of a Diverse Collective 101

References 107

Index 123