Toxic leadership in education: Mirroring the real world?

Stoten, David (2020) Toxic leadership in education: Mirroring the real world? BLIS Journal, 18 (1). pp. 5-22. ISSN 2059-0601

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The aims of this paper were to investigate whether teachers recognised toxic leadership in their work context and what they saw as it root causes.
The author used a questionnaire as a pilot in order to generate salient issues.
This pilot questionnaire was followed by research conversations between the research and 73 teachers based on a Habermasian social constructionist practice.
The results suggest that there are some similarities between education and other employment sectors and that ‘Toxic Leadership’ is an issue that should be addressed.
This paper calls for further research on toxicity in educational leadership and a move to ethical forms of leadership.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toxic Leadership, Sixth Form College, Habermas, social constructionism, trust and professionalism, ethical culture, Dark Personality
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 11:05
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2020 11:05

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