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Resilience and vitality as necessary leadership traits


This chapter explores some early theories of leadership, including ‘personality trait theory’ and indicate how problematic this has become as a prescription for successful leadership. It argues that resilience capacity among leaders is developed throughout their careers and continues within leadership; in so doing, it also draws upon the author's own published research own and the concept of ‘vitality’. The chapter addresses notion of a resilient school. School principals or headteachers have a varied but demanding role. It can be all-consuming and very demanding on an incumbent's time, spending long hours dealing with the different aspects of the post. The challenges that school principals face vary across sectors from early years to high school, from schools that serve economically disadvantaged communities to those that cater for the wealthy and elite; they all have their own difficulties.

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Gibson, Mark T.

Oxford Brookes departments

School of Education, Humanities and Languages


Year of publication: 2023
Date of RADAR deposit: 2023-09-06

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This RADAR resource is the Accepted Manuscript of Resilience and vitality as necessary leadership traits
This RADAR resource is Part of Leadership and management for Education Studies [ISBN: 9781032343020] / edited by Deborah Outhwaite, Catherine A. Simon (Routledge, 2023).


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