Leadership Development in the Education Sector

Dora Sauceda

August 5, 2022


Today, outstanding leadership is essential for the success of any organization, and higher education institutions are no different. More people want to go to college, so institutions are taking on more tasks than ever. For example, some schools have had to move classes online because of pandemics like COVID-19, and colleges are writing rules about going to school when you are sick. Also, many institutions have fewer students and are having trouble paying their bills and dealing with racism.

Leadership that changes things

Transformational leadership is a strong claim that three key points can back up:

  • The ethical aspect
  • The reliability of previous research
  • The evidence from the actions of educational leaders

The most important of these points is the first one, which shows that school leaders can successfully use human forces to bring about change. The third point, evidence of how educational leaders do their jobs, is also critical. This article will look at how to use transformative leadership in education by talking about these three points.

First, a transformative leader is willing to admit when they are wrong and always asks for feedback. To do this, they need to be everywhere and the first thing people think of when they hear their name. However, this kind of leadership can be hard to achieve because the problems people face aren’t always easy to solve on their own. This means that a leader in education must always be aware of their own needs and the needs of their group. But educational leaders can avoid these problems with the help of tools and techniques.

Leadership by invitation

Invitational leadership says that schools are better able to build and keep up positive cultures. This is because leaders are not always authoritarian. Instead, they focus on getting to know their employees and making an environment that encourages positivity and teamwork. The process-based approach focuses on gradual change and ensuring everyone’s wishes are considered. This differs from the immediate and sometimes significant changes that a majority can agree on. Invitational leadership helps people learn the skills they need to create a culture of respect, care, fairness, and faith.

The basic ideas behind invitational leadership are to create a new model for educational organizations, focusing on the skills needed to lead in these settings. These ways of leading try to shift the focus from commanding and being in charge to working together and talking to people. Purkey and Siegel came up with the theory of invitational leadership in 2002 as the basis for these ideas. By taking this approach, schools can help both students and teachers grow in a good way.

Leadership based on skills

Leadership isn’t just a job title; it’s a way of life. As a teacher, you must learn how to make connections, learn from others, work with others, and bring yourself and others together around a common goal. This is also true for the education sector. Here are some of the most common skills that good leaders need to have:

Find out how to make your own learning experience. People can customize their learning path to fit the organization’s needs with the right online training platform. And because learning is done individually, it’s easier to show that you know what you’re doing. The PLC ecosystem comprises many different skills and fields of study, such as algorithms, cognitive thinking, and algorithmic practices. The PLC ecosystem makes it possible for people to learn skills at their own pace and in a way that fits the needs of their jobs.

In the business world, a multinational company has started a skills-based talent initiative to fill the gap in skills and use temporary workers. In the United States, IBM, Cisco, Google, and Unilever are at the front of the pack in developing their employees’ skills. 

Transformational leadership from the point of view of men and women

Transformational leadership is seen differently by men and women. Some leaders focus on how they lead themselves, while others focus on how they lead others. No matter the theoretical framework, the social position of women and men is always a factor in how these two groups interact. These things affect how the leader is seen and how things turn out. This chapter looks at how gender affects how leaders get better at what they do and how they learn new skills.

Feminists have pushed for a partnership-based approach to leadership for a long time. And many new studies on leadership stress how important it is to include both men and women. Gender-integrated servant leadership is an exciting way to look at how men and women can work together. Feminist perspectives are an excellent way to look at the paradoxical duality of this type of leadership. Which is not directly addressed in the literature on servant leadership. Feminists can better understand servant-leadership as a way to get more people to follow its principles if they look at it through this lens.