A Topology of Three-Wave Models of Strategic Leadership in Education

Yin Cheong Cheng
March 2010
International Studies in Educational Administration (Commonwealt;2010, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p35
Academic Journal
The diversity in contemporary conceptualisations of strategy and strategic leadership in education reflects the increasing complexity and uncertainty in the relationship between the changing context and leadership. This paper aims to propose a typology of three-wave models for conceptualising and analysing the diversities in strategic leadership. Based on different models and their related paradigms in education and reforms, strategic leadership can be classified as internal strategic leadership, interface strategic leadership and future strategic leadership. In different models, strategic leadership in education is characterised by different assumptions of education environment, types of education reforms and movements, positioning of education institution, nature of learning, conception of effectiveness, nature of competition and demand for sustainability. Correspondingly, key features of strategy, leadership role, and strategic concerns of leadership are completely different across these three models.


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