Schools are wonderfully dynamic and complex places. They’re social systems comprised of intricate networks of relationships, feedback loops and interdependent layers. What happens in one part of the system has profound consequences elsewhere.
Leading in such contexts isn’t about controlling and commanding what happens, but about anticipating, responding and enabling. Contemporary schools need a sophisticated and generative approach that empowers and draws on the input of all those in this complex system.
Based on recent research into leadership dysfunction, Leadership: Circles of Trust presents a systems interpretation of leadership and explores the critical ingredient of trust in ensuring the healthy functioning of a school. The monograph includes examples from the research, a model of leadership, reflection questions and practical activities for personal or staff use.
I’m happy to share this monograph as a free online resource, courtesy of Corwin Australia.