Applying Strategic Leadership in Educational Contexts: A Professional Perspective

Applying Strategic Leadership in Educational Contexts: A Professional Perspective

Johnny R. O'Connor (Lamar University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9242-6.ch001

Abstract

This chapter provides a professional perspective of the relevance and necessity of strategic leadership in PK-12 settings. As school systems continue to evolve, it will be paramount that school leaders are strategic in the way they lead. Specifically, school leaders must be deliberate and thoughtful in the decisions they make, in order to ensure maximum success. This has become even more important in a high-stakes environment in which student scores and organizational efficiency is often linked to job performance. This type of leadership employs a multifaceted approach, which requires leading through a variety of contexts, as well as recognizing and leveraging the ability to effectively collaborate and make intentional decisions that are evidenced-based. If the aforementioned traits are balanced and appropriately executed, educational leaders will be well positioned to experience significant and positive outcomes.
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Strategic Leadership: Getting Started

In schools, strategic leaders are typically involved in five key activities: direction setting, executing strategy to action, developing capacity in staff, determining effective interventions, and developing strategic capabilities (Davies & Davies, 2006). Following these elements is one of many ways to establish a more strategic approach to leadership. In extending this ideology, the following questions should be considered:

  • Where are we headed?

  • How do we get there?

  • What are those internal and external factors that may influence our expected outcomes?

  • What is my role in the process?

  • Who are the relevant stakeholders?

  • How does this impact the overall system?

  • Is this sustainable?

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