Keynote 5: Limitations of Distributed Leadership
Limitations of Distributed Leadership: Critical reflections and ways forward
Distributed leadership has been a major, influential approach to improving leadership and school education for over a decade. In this keynote, Professor Woods considers what we have learnt in this time and identifies implications from research and practice concerning how best to understand and enact leadership distribution. If leadership is to be a distributed, collaborative and inclusive process and a force for effective change and the greater good, experience suggests it requires a decisive move from a culture of dependency to a culture of co-development. This includes the normalisation of initiative and innovation arising from across the school; critical appreciation of the challenges of power differences; recognition of uncertainty and the insights of complexity theory; and being explicit about the aims and priority of moral purpose and social justice.