The charismatic school leader: Potent myth or persuasive effect?

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This paper looks at a single-site case study, a primary school subject to Special Measures, researched by the author over a three-year period. Taking the Conger and Kanungo (1998) concept of the charismatic leader, it asks why either the person of the leader or the process of leadership can mask the fundamental issues in primary schools that face complex and challenging situational factors. It concludes that one of the reasons for the continued potency of the leadership myth is the followers' demand for it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-287
Number of pages15
JournalSchool Leadership and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Strategy and Management

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