DEVELOPING FEMALE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP IN DISADVANTAGED SCHOOLS

  • Brigitte Smit Department of Educational Leadership and Management College of Education University of South Africa

Abstract

What can we learn from female leadership scholars that can be appropriated in the South Africa educational context? Little research is conducted to trace the qualities that characterise a feminine approach to leadership in contrast to the characteristics of the traditional approach of control, hierarchy, authority and division of labour. This conceptual article draws theoretically on relational leadership as a feminine approach to educational leadership. I argue that educational leadership in disadvantaged settings in South African schools requires strengthened collaboration and development, particularly for female school leadership. Such collaboration and development is possible through relational leadership.

Published
2015-10-28
Section
Articles