Understanding community leadership: Insights from a community leader

Ehrich, Lisa C. & Creyton, Mark (2008) Understanding community leadership: Insights from a community leader. In ALA 48th Annual National Conference 2008, 30 October - 1 November 2008, Fremantle, WA.

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Community leaders have been described as unsung heroes who work for, in, and with the community to make qualitative differences to the communities they serve. Many of these community leaders receive no remuneration for their efforts but what drives them is a desire for change or improvement in a community issue. This paper tells the story of one grass roots community leader who has worked tirelessly on number of community issues and campaigns over a 35 year period. It does this in an attempt to reveal the leader’s motivations, drive, and inclusive leadership practices that characterise him as a grass roots leader. The paper refers to some of the broader contextual factors that have shaped and continue to shape his thinking about leadership. It provides a discussion of a number of the leadership activities in which he has demonstrated leadership and through which his core values and motivations are evident. Finally, the paper provides an analysis of the community leader's values, motivations and practices in the light of some contemporary leadership literature.

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ID Code: 17132
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Lisa C. Ehrich & Mark Creyton
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2009 03:45
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 09:48

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