Leading in the middle : towards thriving middle leadership in BC independent schools

dc.contributor.authorBy, Natassja Courtney
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-10T19:33:11Z
dc.date.available2021-09-10T19:33:11Z
dc.date.issued2021-09-10
dc.date.submitted2021
dc.degree.disciplineSchool of Leadership Studies
dc.degree.levelMasters
dc.degree.nameM.A. in Leadership
dc.description.abstractThis action research inquiry, undertaken in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of British Columbia (ISABC), was guided by the question: How might the ISABC’s Team Leadership Program support the leadership development and thriving of emerging and middle leaders throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic? Data were collected with a survey and two focus groups involving 52 participants from 16 independent schools. Arts-based approaches included photo elicitation and found poetry. Key findings indicated the pandemic has magnified the human side of educational leadership and thriving as being a middle leader requires communication, relationship building, and the prioritization of followers’ needs. Recommendations addressed strategies to (a) develop self-awareness, coaching, and interpersonal skills amongst emerging leaders; (b) capitalize on existing leadership networks to foster a stronger sense of belonging within the ISABC; and (c) offer leadership-focused professional development and resources accessible to the broader ISABC community. Keywords: arts-based research, found poetry, K–12, independent schools, leadership development, middle leaders, photo elicitation, thriving at worken_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://viurrspace.ca/handle/10613/24506
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.25316/IR-16328
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectArts-based researchen_US
dc.subjectfound poetryen_US
dc.subjectindependent schoolsen_US
dc.subjectleadership developmenten_US
dc.subjectmiddle leadershipen_US
dc.subjectphoto elicitationen_US
dc.titleLeading in the middle : towards thriving middle leadership in BC independent schoolsen_US
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