Multi-Perspective Systems Thinking Arrives at School
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 2 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-2-February-2005
Managers who cling, dogmatically and unquestioningly, to a single view of leadership are especially apt
to fail in educational institutions, where critical thinking and serious debate are part of the daily routine.
Such unskilled application of simplistic leadership philosophies is seen even more often now that the
corporate model, and its focus on basic accountability, is being integrated into the educational sector.
Today’s educational administrators desperately need sophisticated training to help them apply forprofit
methodologies to the more value-based and institutionalized educational arena.
Roundtable Viewpoints: Educational Leadership provides educators a valuable introduction to the
thoughtfully conceived concept of “embedded leadership”: the notion that management is complex,
situational, and dependent upon perspective. Joyce Huth Munro, the editor of the text, presents 39
readings that focus on 10 educational sector issues, ranging from the universal “How Do Educational
Leaders Shape Organizational Culture?” to the more specific and localized, such as “What Is the
Impact of Accountability Legislation on Educational Organizations?” Munro’s selection of issues is
comprehensive, covering the wide assortment of challenges facing today’s educational administrators;
her selection of readings is equally diverse, varying in temperament, narrative style, and formality