Exploring distributive leadership in South African public primary schools in the Soweto region

Raj Mestry, Suraiya R. Naicker

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The increasing expectations of the principalship and the intensification of the challenges facing schools today have resulted in the emergence of distributive forms of leadership in schools worldwide. These developments prompted research in schools in South Africa, more specifically in the Soweto region, to inquire if distributed leadership had manifested. Soweto is a township in the Gauteng province of South Africa that is associated with the historic struggle against the apartheid government (pre-1994). A qualitative approach executed by means of focus group interviews was employed at three schools to explore the views of teachers who did not hold formal leadership positions. It was found that distributive leadership had not transpired in the schools that are largely rooted in classical leadership practices. This chapter provides an account of the study while elucidating the concept of distributive leadership and examines the role of formal leaders within a distributive leadership framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultidimensional Perspectives on Principal Leadership Effectiveness
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781466665927
ISBN (Print)1466665912, 9781466665910
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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