Chapter 5 School Leadership within a Centralized Education System

A Success Story from Cyprus through a Decade of Research

In: Enacting and Conceptualizing Educational Leadership within the Mediterranean Region
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Petros Pashiardis
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Abstract

Based on the practicing of successful school leadership, both at the primary as well as the secondary level of education, within the centralized education system of Cyprus, we present the findings from a ten-year research project. Specifically, through an original qualitative empirical research study, undertaken through the examination of eleven case studies of successful primary and secondary school leaders, the findings indicate that successful school leadership in Cyprus is practiced through the combination of particular professional and personal attributes that affect and/or interact with the internal and the external dimensions of a school organization. Specifically, based on this internal and external dimensions, successful school leaders exhibit the following characteristics: (1) Networked Leadership – Developing external relations, (2) People-centered leadership – Shared ownership and collaborative commitment and (3) Clear vision and values. Additionally, based on this study, we argue that school leadership is also highly contextualized and we support the notion that school leaders’ preparation programs should be context-based and context-specific.

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Chapter 1 Problematizing the Dominant Discourses and Policies of Educational Leadership within the Mediterranean Basin
Chapter 2 Social Justice and Education in the Maltese State School System
Chapter 3 Challenges to Educational Leadership in Israel
Chapter 4 The New Public Governance
Chapter 5 School Leadership within a Centralized Education System
Chapter 6 Educational Leadership in Algeria
Chapter 7 Digitally Equipped
Chapter 8 How Do Portuguese Principals Deal with Competing Demands?

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