What Does Leadership Capacity Really Mean?
Publication Type:Web Article
Year of Publication:2005
What does it mean for a school to have "high leadership capacity"? In this article from the Journal of Staff Development (Spring 2006), school leadership expert Linda Lambert identifies the characteristics of low, medium, and high capacity schools. "Low leadership capacity schools tend to be principal-dependent, lack a professional culture and are significantly unsuccessful with children. Only the principal, serving as a topdown manager, is referred to as the 'leader' in the school. Teacher leadership is not a topic of conversation, let alone interest. Educators in such cultures deflect responsibility while preferring blame; they avoid focusing on teaching and learning while holding fast to archaic practices. While professional relationships may be congenial, they lack the challenge of collegiality." Lambert identifies six critical factors that must be addressed to fully realize the promise of leadership capacity. (180k PDF file)
Lambert, L. (2005). What does leadership capacity really mean? Journal of staff development (Vol. 26 No. 2, Spring 2005). Retrieved from the National Staff Development Council 13 May 2008. http://www.nsdc.org/members/jsd/lambert262.pdf