It's complicated: apprentice leaders on the edge of chaos

Carter, K. and Sood, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-0617-8614, 2014. It's complicated: apprentice leaders on the edge of chaos. Management in Education, 28 (2), pp. 64-69. ISSN 0892-0206


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A view from the dance floor of ALICSE participants showed that the integrated children's services remain under pressure to become multi-dimensional with the rhetorical push to a joint working becoming increasingly complex and difficult to navigate. This was the view of a 360 degree questionnaire to a number of ALICSE participants and reflections from an in-depth dialogue. The main findings suggested collective professionalism requires collaborative relationships between organisations and individuals, and this collaboration poses the most significant challenge for educational leadership and management. The participants on the dance floor often reciting phrases like: letting go of control, no hierarchy, self-organising. The main conclusion being an individual needs to be self-organised and it takes a leader to be confident to manage ambiguity and complexity. Using complex adaptive systems theory and blended leadership styles theories, we will assert that distributional leadership is required to navigate the complex environment. Futures thinking suggests that we could use complex adaptive systems theory to help build an effective communication strategy for individuals, teams and services allowing them to self-organise.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Management in Education
Creators: Carter, K. and Sood, K.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2014
Volume: 28
Number: 2
ISSN: 0892-0206
Divisions: Schools > School of Education
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:08

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