Leading complex educational systems

Kendall Jarrett, John Baumber

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The actions of educational leaders are often viewed by those who they serve within a continuum of effectiveness: from purposeful and charismatic trailblazing to systematic corruption of educational ideals. For educators tasked with leading a system of multiple educational institutions or sites, a ‘treasure trove of talent, cultural diversity, ideas and innovation’ is available to build a legacy of educational success. There are various types of multi-site institutions and multi-institution systems currently in operation in education contexts. With a number of higher education institutions having expanded campus footprints, both domestically and/or internationally, maintaining and enhancing an institution’s educational charge across multiple sites presents a unique range of leadership challenges. System leaders generally have roles that keep them out of the classroom, but they must demonstrate a clear commitment to and deep understanding of students’ learning. Developing educational leaders into system leaders means consideration of when and how such development opportunities take place.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Practice of Leadership in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationReal-world Perspectives on Becoming, Being and Leaving
EditorsK. Jarrett, S. Newton
Place of PublicationLondon, U. K.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781000179484
ISBN (Print)9780367423650
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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