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Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice

New Zealand Educational Administration and Leadership Society

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Effective leadership practices leading to distributed leadership

Rachel Denee / Kate Thornton

Keywords : Distributed leadership; early childhood education; professional learning communities; coaching and mentoring; relational trust; professional learning

Citation Information : Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy and Practice. Volume 32, Issue 2, Pages 33-45, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/jelpp-2017-0016

License : (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Published Online: 03-June-2019



Leadership within the early childhood education (ECE) sector in New Zealand is both positionally assigned and a required practice of all teachers. Within this context, distributed leadership – where all team members have the opportunity to lead – is increasingly seen as an effective leadership model. This article reports on a study whose aim was to discover practices of effective positional leaders in facilitating distributed leadership. A nationwide survey was carried out in Aotearoa New Zealand to capture a picture of current perceptions of ECE teachers and positional leaders about distributed leadership for professional learning. Subsequently, leadership practices for distributed leadership in three previously-identified high quality ECE services were investigated through individual and group interviews. The analysis of literature, survey and interview findings from this study led to a framework of effective leadership practice, consisting of: mentoring and coaching; fostering relational trust; and creating vision and designing supportive structures.

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