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''Blended leadership'': employee perspectives on effective leadership in the U.K. FE sector

Collinson, M and Collinson, D L (2007) ''Blended leadership'': employee perspectives on effective leadership in the U.K. FE sector. Working Paper. Centre for Excellence in Leadership, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    This paper draws on research into what constitutes ‘effective leadership’ from the perspective of FE employees. It highlights FE staff’s preference for what we term ‘blended leadership’, an approach that combines specific elements of both traditional hierarchical leadership with more contemporary aspects of distributed leadership. FE staff prefer leadership practices that provide structure, clarity and organization as well as team-working, communication and a shared sense of mission, responsibility and accomplishment. Within the literature on both education and on leadership, distributed and hierarchical models are typically seen as opposing polarities. Frequently, distributed leadership is highly valued whilst traditional approaches are criticised as outmoded. By contrast, this working paper suggests that FE employees continue to value important elements of a directive leadership approach combined and integrated with aspects of a distributed style. Our research finds that in the FE sector, such ‘blended leadership’ practices are routinely accomplished in the context of multiple, conflicting, shifting and contradictory demands on FE colleges.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
    Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
    ID Code: 48895
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Jul 2011 22:19
    Refereed?: No
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 01:17
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/48895

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