Educational Identity as a Major Factor in the Development of Educational Leadership

By Prof. Mordecai Nisan

The claim that educational identity is an essential characteristic of an educational leader leads us to a unique view of the way to develop educational leadership – a view that emphasizes the development of a considered system of goals, values and self-definition that a person is committed to. This view is not given adequate expression in the field of leadership training; it is eclipsed by a totally opposite view that focuses on providing leaders with the i​​nstruments and tools they need. The two views are not mutually exclusive, but they are guided by different answers to the questions of “Who is a good leader?” and “What qualifications are necessary to be a good educational leader?”

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