Micropolitical insights into Assistant Regional Directors’ leadership in Queensland Education

Bloxham, Ray, Ehrich, Lisa C., & Iyer, Radha (2014) Micropolitical insights into Assistant Regional Directors’ leadership in Queensland Education. Leading & Managing, 20(1), pp. 32-47.

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The position of Assistant Regional Directors, School Performance (ARD-SP) was established by the Department of Education and Training (DET), the government provider of public education in Queensland, in 2010, to improve student learning across Queensland by providing close supervision of principals. Based on interviews with 18 ARDs-SP and two of their immediate supervisors, this paper explores their views about this relatively new position and their understandings of the role. Following Blase and Anderson (1995), it uses micropolitical leadership theory to analyse comments made by the participants. A key finding was a view of leadership based on a differentiated supervision model whereby ARDs-SP worked with principals to ensure they met the corporate agenda. Participants’ comments favoured a leadership approach that was both adversarial (drawing upon power over and power through) and facilitative (drawing upon power through and power over) and for those principals deemed under-performing, an authoritarian leadership approach was apparent.

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ID Code: 75740
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: micropolitical leadership, Assistant regional directors, School principals
ISSN: 1329-4539
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2014 05:59
Last Modified: 05 May 2015 22:51

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