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Virtuous Educational Leadership

Doing the Right Work the Right Way
First Edition
By: Viviane Robinson

This integrated, holistic resource explores the virtues integral to excellent educational leadership, with practical, research-based applications, examples, and detailed analysis showing theoretical concepts in practice.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071803721
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 288
  • Publication date: October 12, 2022

Price: $39.95



Excellent leadership matters

Without excellent leadership, school improvement is impossible, or at least impossible to sustain. But what are the characteristics of an excellent leader? Is general leadership experience and knowledge enough? And how do you practically grow and develop leadership in yourself and others so you can all have a bigger impact on student outcomes?

This integrated, holistic resource explores the virtues that are integral to achieving excellence in educational leadership, while offering practical guidance on how to do the right work in the right way—no matter what challenges you face or student inequities you’re trying to overcome. Features include:

  • Practical, research-based applications of virtue theory
  • Examples of school leaders’ thinking and actions
  • In-depth yet accessible theoretical analysis
  • Detailed analysis showing theoretical concepts in practice
  • Summaries and reflection questions

The success of your students and teachers is directly linked to your influence, your knowledge and ideas, your personal character, and your ability to focus on the proper purposes of education.



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Viviane Robinson

Viviane is a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and Academic Director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. Her research identifying the impact of different types of leadership on student outcomes (Student- Centered Leadership) has been used to shape leadership policy and practice in Scandinavia, England, Singapore, Chile, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

She has received numerous awards from national and international professional and academic organisations including the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, the New Zealand Secondary Principals Association and the US-based University Council on Educational Administration. In 2011, she was made a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association for sustained excellence in educational research. In 2016 the Royal Society of New Zealand awarded her the Mason Durie Medal for her international contributions to educational leadership research and practice. She currently leads a research and development programme on the leadership knowledge and skills involved in school improvement.

To learn more visit her website at www.education.auckland.ac.nz/vmj-robinson

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author

Part A: Identifying the Proper Purpose of Leadership Work

Chapter 1: Three Proper Purposes of Education

The Proper Purposes of Educational Institutions

Less Satisfactory Approaches to Identifying the Right Work


Reflection and Action

Chapter 2: Linking the Purposes to the Science of Learning and Teaching

How Students Learn

Implications for Classroom Teaching


Reflection and Action

Part B: Doing the Right Leadership Work

Chapter 3: Implications of the Science of Learning and Teaching for Leadership

Dimension 1: Setting Goals and Expectations for Deep Learning

Dimension 2: Resourcing Strategically for Deep Learning

Dimension 3: Ensuring Quality Teaching for Deep Learning

Dimension 4: Leading Teacher Professional Learning for Deep Learning

Dimension 5: Ensuring a Safe and Orderly Environment for Deep Learning


Reflection and Action

Chapter 4: Taking Context Seriously

Traditional Concepts of Context

Proposed Concept of Context


Reflection and Action

Part C: Doing the Right Work the Right Way

Chapter 5: Virtues for Doing the Right Work the Right Way

Virtues Explained

Virtues as Inclusive of Motives, Knowledge, and Skills

The Place of Virtues in Leadership Frameworks

A Taxonomy of Virtues for Doing the Right Work the Right Way


Reflection and Action

Chapter 6: Leadership Virtues

Sources of Leadership Influence

Virtuous Leadership Motivations

Identifying and Nurturing a Virtuous Disposition to Lead

Recruiting and Retaining Virtuous Leaders

Reluctance to Lead


Reflection and Action

Chapter 7: Problem-Solving Virtues: Strategic

The Role of Knowledge and Skill in Virtuous Strategic Leadership

The Role of Motivation in Virtuous Strategic Leadership

Connecting the Details With the Big Picture

Finding the Strategic Focus

Enacting the Strategic Focus

Maintaining the Strategic Focus


Reflection and Action

Chapter 8: Problem-Solving Virtues: Analytic

Analytic Virtues and Theories of Action

Analytic Virtues and Truth-Seeking

Motivational Aspects of Analytic Virtues

The Ladder of Inference: A Tool for Truth-Seeking Leaders

Strategic and Analytic Virtues in Action


Reflection and Action

Chapter 9: Problem-Solving Virtues: Imaginative

Imaginative Virtues and the Integration of Solution Requirements

Imaginative Virtues, Creativity, and Problem-Solving

Strategic, Analytic, and Imaginative Virtues in Action


Reflection and Action

Chapter 10: Interpersonal Virtues

Relational Trust: A Guide for Deriving Interpersonal Virtues

Four Interpersonal Virtues


Reflection and Action

Chapter 11: Integrating Leadership, Problem-Solving, and Interpersonal Virtues

The Task-Relationship Dilemma


Reflection and Action

Chapter 12: Being Virtuous in Tough Spots

Fostering Accurate Reporting

Building Collegial Accountability

Providing Critical Evaluation


Reflection and Action

Chapter 13: Virtuous Leadership of Educational Improvement: A Case Study

The Problem: Attendance at Vauxhall Secondary College

The Leaders: Roles and Contributions

The Method: Using CCPS to Improve Attendance

The New Challenge: Addressing an Unanticipated Obstacle

Reflections on the Success of CCPS at Vauxhall Secondary College

Reflections on the Contributions of Leaders’ Virtues to the Success of CCPS at VSC


Reflection and Action


Chapter 14: Conclusion





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