Abstract: Using a hierarchical construct like 'middle' is a relatively antiquated way of conceptualising leadership given the current focus on models of distributive and shared leadership (Spillane, Gomez, Mesler, 2012). Older leadership models vested the responsibility for school leadership and management largely with the head of school, where their dictums of practice would, hopefully and somehow osmotically, filter down to teachers whose responsibility it was for their implementation. Whilst it would be foolhardy not to accept that the roles of head and teacher at a school have their own provenance and specific realm of responsibilities, it is a somewhat outdated view that locates the demonstration of school leadership largely with the principal.
To cite this article: Evans, Donna. Leading from the middle [online]. Australian Educational Leader, Vol. 38, No. 4, Dec 2016: 34-37.
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