Leadership as lunacy and other metaphors of educational leadership

Lumby, Jacky and English, Fenwick G (2010) Leadership as lunacy and other metaphors of educational leadership, Thousand Oaks, USA, Corwin, 184pp.


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For millennia people have been profoundly interested in leadership, but the way they have tried to understand it is cognitively more sophisticated than through right brain only rational language. Metaphors function through unstable comparison of two things which are both like and unlike. Consequently metaphors have been used as a kind of thinking to provoke uncertainty and tension and so stimulate creative and innovative understanding of leadership. This book sets out to provide stimuli in a standard free zone and to use metaphor as a heuristic, a tool of human development. The book adopts an interdisciplinary focus and draws on a range of disciplines such as philosophy, sociobiology, anthropology, humanities and literature, intending to inspire reflection on leadership in education and what acting as a leader might entail.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 9781412974271 (print)
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Keywords: Educational administration, management, policy language, school principals, headteachers
ePrint ID: 73075
Date :
Date Event
January 2010Submitted
January 2010Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 20:53
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/73075

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