Meeting the Needs of Local Communities and Businesses: From Transactional to Eco-Leadership in the English Further Education Sector

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Boocock, A. 2019. Meeting the Needs of Local Communities and Businesses: From Transactional to Eco-Leadership in the English Further Education Sector. Educational Management Administration and Leadership. 47 (3), pp. 349-368.
AuthorsBoocock, A.
Abstract

Leadership in the post-incorporation English Further Education system has not been distributed in nature, but transactional, driven by the external demands of funding and inspection regimes. There is, however, in light of the current rhetoric of localism in Further Education policy, a view that distributed leadership would be an appropriate alternative form of leadership within this context. This paper reviews the education literature, and argues that distributed leadership should be introduced to the sector but that this, on its own, will be insufficient for addressing the government’s agenda of meeting the human capital needs of businesses, needs-based equity for disadvantaged adults or the wider benefits of education. This is because distributed leadership, whilst involving a dispersion of responsibility, may not equate to a dispersion of power. To disperse power to local areas, and to facilitate an authentic distributed leadership focused on local stakeholders a policy of localism is needed which encourages self-governance and open systems, and flexible accountability arrangements which encourage strategy and leadership at the local level. Such distributed leadership embedded within a local governance which facilitates dispersed power to key local stakeholders is similar to what is described as Eco-Leadership in the leadership literature.

JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Journal citation47 (3), pp. 349-368
ISSN1741-1432
Year2019
PublisherSAGE
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1741143217739364
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/1741143217739364
Publication dates
Online14 Nov 2017
Print01 May 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Oct 2017
AcceptedOct 2017
AcceptedOct 2017
Copyright informationBoocock, A., Meeting the Needs of Local Communities and Businesses: From Transactional to Eco-Leadership in the English Further Education Sector, Educational Management Administration and Leadership, 47 (3) pp. 394-368. Copyright © 2018 The authors. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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