Succession planning

The principal has a key role in guiding and supporting others to step up as leaders. Giving opportunities for others to lead is an important part of succession planning for the principal’s role.

New Zealand articles and resources

Boards of Trustees’ Selection Practices of Principals in New Zealand Primary Schools: Will the Future Be Female?

by Keren Brooking

This paper describes a New Zealand national study that explored the ways in which boards of trustees select primary school principals.

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Leadership succession

by Andy Hargreaves

This article reports on research into what characteristics make for success during times of transition in leadership of a school. It reports on research into what characteristics make for success during times of transition in leadership of a school.

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Leadership and sustainability

by Michael Fullan

In this article Michael Fullan reminds us that good leadership should not be like a “solo flight”. He identifies how principals can provide opportunities to develop leadership skills among staff.

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The Seven Principles of Sustainable Leadership

by Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink

This artcile challenges the notion that leadership needs to rely on one person to drive changes through. The authors argue that leadership sustainability is needed for change to be meaningful and to have lasting effect.

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Growing Tomorrow’s School Leaders: The Challenge

by Frank Hartle and Katherine Thomas

This report looks how organisations tackle the issue of recruitment. It draws together themes and principles that are now widely accepted in connection with developing tomorrow's leaders.

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