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Teams & Teamwork by Mind Map: Teams & Teamwork
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Teams & Teamwork

There are four common usages of the term distributed leadership, which include the original descriptive theoretical lens and three prescriptions for how sharing leadership in schools can improve practice. Each usage has its strengths and weaknesses, though two of the prescriptive usages are actually contradicted by empirical research. p. 424

DISCUSSION

The normative understandings, pushing for democracy and effectiveness, might address the immediate concerns of school improvement and leadership development, but not all are strongly grounded in theory, and some of the formulations fly in the face of empirical evidence. pp. 431-432

And even though all four (definitions of DL) have their strengths, some are better positioned than others to lead the field toward recommendations for school improvement and leadership development. p. 432

One universal usage of distributed leadership may never be achieved, and perhaps it is unadvisable to seek it given the proliferation of definitions that have emerged. Instead, as distributed leadership initiatives in schools and empirical research continue to flourish, the field will benefit from scholarship that clearly articulates what is meant by distributed leadership in studies that are both responsive to central problems of practice and anchored in relevant theory. p. 432

Distributed Leadership

Mayrowetz, D. (2008). "Making Sense of Distributed Leadership: Exploring the Multiple Usages of the Concept in the Field." Educational Administration Quarterly 44(3): 424-435.  

There is no strong link between distributed leadership and two primary goals of the educational leadership field: school improvement and leadership development. p. 424

USAGE 1: A THEORETICAL LENS FOR LOOKING AT THE ACTIVITY OF LEADERSHIP

USAGE 2: DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP FOR DEMOCRACY

USAGE 3: DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP FOR EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

USAGE 4: DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP AS HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING