Monday 28 August 2017

Start Date

28-8-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

28-8-2017 10:15 AM

Subjects

Leadership qualities, School leaders, Leadership styles, Leadership training, Interpersonal competence, Educational leadership, Problem solving, Trust (Psychology)

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Keynote 1

Abstract

The leadership of improvement is a challenging task, requiring capability in 1) using relevant knowledge to 2) solve complex educational problems, while 3) building relationships of trust with those involved. In this keynote address, Viviane describes what she has learned from her leadership research and development program about each of these three leadership capabilities. In addressing the first of these leadership capabilities, she describes key findings about how leaders’ relevant knowledge intersect with their ability to build trust and solve the problems that stand in the way of their improvement goals. Her discussion of the second capability draws on empirical research about how educational leaders typically solve complex on-the-job problems. She discusses how leaders communicate perceived problems, how they analyse and attempt to solve them and the consequences of their typical strategies for single- and double-loop learning and for educational improvement. In discussing the third capability, that of building relational trust, Viviane presents key findings about the interpersonal skills leaders employ in their on-the-job problem-solving conversations and the dilemma they frequently experience between progressing the problem and maintaining trust. She then discusses the types of professional learning and development that are more- or less-effective in building leaders’ capability in these three critical capabilities. In the final part of her address, Viviane reflects on the considerable methodological and design challenges that are involved in conducting research on leadership capabilities that is simultaneously highly rigorous and highly relevant to leadership practice.

Place of Publication

Melbourne, Vic

Publisher

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

ISBN

9781742864808

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Aug 28th, 9:00 AM Aug 28th, 10:15 AM

Capabilities required for leading improvement: Challenges for researchers and developers

The leadership of improvement is a challenging task, requiring capability in 1) using relevant knowledge to 2) solve complex educational problems, while 3) building relationships of trust with those involved. In this keynote address, Viviane describes what she has learned from her leadership research and development program about each of these three leadership capabilities. In addressing the first of these leadership capabilities, she describes key findings about how leaders’ relevant knowledge intersect with their ability to build trust and solve the problems that stand in the way of their improvement goals. Her discussion of the second capability draws on empirical research about how educational leaders typically solve complex on-the-job problems. She discusses how leaders communicate perceived problems, how they analyse and attempt to solve them and the consequences of their typical strategies for single- and double-loop learning and for educational improvement. In discussing the third capability, that of building relational trust, Viviane presents key findings about the interpersonal skills leaders employ in their on-the-job problem-solving conversations and the dilemma they frequently experience between progressing the problem and maintaining trust. She then discusses the types of professional learning and development that are more- or less-effective in building leaders’ capability in these three critical capabilities. In the final part of her address, Viviane reflects on the considerable methodological and design challenges that are involved in conducting research on leadership capabilities that is simultaneously highly rigorous and highly relevant to leadership practice.