Leadership In Education: The Importance Of Leadership

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“The term “leadership” is a recent addition to the English language. In fact, the word did not come into usage until the late 19 Century” (Thamarasseri, 2014). Based on Mindy Gibbins-Klein’s thoughts, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Qadri, in his article, states that leadership is “having a vision, sharing that vision and inspiring others to support your vision while creating their own."(2016) Throughout the history, leadership has been a controversial issue among the people in all spheres. In comparison with other fields, leadership in educational management is a new term, however the essence of this word is not much more different. Ismail Thamarasseri explains that “leadership in Education means, directing the activities of those engaged in the…show more content…
Regarding academic circles, leadership appears as a result of interrelation among position, specific behaviors and capacity that a person has to affect people, innovate, and attain goal (Barreto, 2012). "Leadership acts as a catalyst without which other good things are quite unlikely to happen" (Leithwood et al., 2008 p. 28) It is a fact that, being a motivator, creator, persuader etc. are not enough for a good leader if he/she does not have extra training for educational purposes. "Good management makes a difference to the quality of schools and colleges and to the educational outcomes of their students" (Bush & Coleman, 200 p. 3) It should be noted that leader 's performance is judged by his/her skills and character which leadership demands. As noted in Ismail Thamarasseri’s article (2014) “for the most part, Educational leadership researchers are exclusively concerned with leadership in school organizations.” In educational field, more precisely, at schools, leader teachers are more powerful than managers for school and student outcomes. In this sense, it is important to be aware of what are the most essential qualities which are required for teacher leaders. Who are teacher leaders? They are experienced and respected role models, who are innovative, organized, collaborative,…show more content…
It is obvious that lack of self-awareness results in big difficulties if it is not considered as a real problematic condition. By all means, this situation is a minus for a leader and can only be solved by training. Trained leaders are more self-aware as a result of productive process of learning. Thus, in comparison, they discover their inner power and feel comfortable to take and apply decision independently. Regarding changing world, complicated circumstances differ from one-another within one organization. The fact that, “a leadership style that is effective in one situation may prove completely ineffective in a different situation.” (Jago, 2007) To cope with this problem, to experience several cases during leadership trainings and to know how to adapt to the situation in order to observe side effects and resolve adverse consequences, help to take relevant decision. Moreover, in every respects, to find balance is crucial. As a manager, micromanaging reduces potential of a leader. “Micromanaging implies that leaders are unwilling to give up control and rely on associates to do their jobs.” (y Paul R. Bernthal, 2001) Consequently, this kind of leaders cannot see “ big picture” of situation and lose big opportunities while concentrated on trivial issues. It is important to train in order to be aware of
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