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System leadership development in Children’s Centres in the UK

System leadership development in Children’s Centres in the UK PurposeThis study aims to establish the complex nature of leadership in children’s centres in the UK and to demonstrate the value of system leadership as a vital concept for children’s centre leadership.Design/methodology/approachThe study presents a case study of leadership development with 24 leaders of children’s centres across Hertfordshire.FindingsThe study considers the efficacy of system leadership, including distributed leadership, within this setting. Evaluation of the programme found that the concept of system leadership was appropriate, supportive and validating for leaders of children’s centres; however, the concept needed support with further practical tools and resources.Research limitations/implicationsThe limitation of the study is its specificity to one local authority, and further research will be needed to see how generalisable the findings are.Practical implicationsThe implication of the study is that leaders of children’s centres could be supported to work more effectively with system leadership.Social implicationsWhen leaders of children’s centres feel effective, they have enhanced well-being and achieve more outcomes, which in turn enhances the well-being of the children and families that they serve.Originality/valueLeadership in children’s centres is an under-researched and under-supported area. This study makes a new contribution to this sector of leadership. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal Emerald Publishing

System leadership development in Children’s Centres in the UK

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2040-8021
DOI
10.1108/SAMPJ-06-2015-0043
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Abstract

PurposeThis study aims to establish the complex nature of leadership in children’s centres in the UK and to demonstrate the value of system leadership as a vital concept for children’s centre leadership.Design/methodology/approachThe study presents a case study of leadership development with 24 leaders of children’s centres across Hertfordshire.FindingsThe study considers the efficacy of system leadership, including distributed leadership, within this setting. Evaluation of the programme found that the concept of system leadership was appropriate, supportive and validating for leaders of children’s centres; however, the concept needed support with further practical tools and resources.Research limitations/implicationsThe limitation of the study is its specificity to one local authority, and further research will be needed to see how generalisable the findings are.Practical implicationsThe implication of the study is that leaders of children’s centres could be supported to work more effectively with system leadership.Social implicationsWhen leaders of children’s centres feel effective, they have enhanced well-being and achieve more outcomes, which in turn enhances the well-being of the children and families that they serve.Originality/valueLeadership in children’s centres is an under-researched and under-supported area. This study makes a new contribution to this sector of leadership.

Journal

Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 4, 2017

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