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David L Giles
TITLE: Relational Leadership in Education
AUTHOR(S): David L Giles
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When is leadership not relational?
When is education not relational?
When is life not relational?

Relationships always matter to our living, educating and leading. Relational Leadership in Education considers this `Relational Leadership' within the context of education, critiquing the current ideological `context' and contemporary understandings of its influence. Employing a phenomenological approach, this book explores the relational nature of education, Relational Leadership, and the organizational culture to provide a more sophisticated exploration of practice-based wisdom. It offers an extensive range of activities for further thinking on the experiential nature of Relational Leadership, grouped around a number of themes: Relational Leadership and sensibilities; organizational culture; professional development; curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; and the reconstruction of a postgraduate Educational Leadership and Management programme for experienced, emergent and aspiring leaders.


`Relational Leadership' is not about describing yet another style of leadership but rather about a relational way of being in leadership that utilizes refined relational sensibilities. `Relational Leadership' is also a reminder of what is critical in a leader's practice - leadership is always relational, and relationships are the essence of leadership.