Dr. Narottam Bhindi,
Dr. Richard Smith, Auckland University of Technology,
Dr. Jens Hansen,
Dr. Dan Riley,
Below is the abstract of a paper about some research that is still in the making. The paper we presented at the most recent NZEALS conference in Auckland, early in 2008 was a preliminary consideration of a study of authentic leadership. That study will involve academics from
Authentic leadership is emerging as an alternative perspective on leadership in different organisational settings including education (Bhindi & Duignan, 1997). The presenters draw upon the extant research and commentary on authentic leadership and its relevance to leaders engaged in human service organisations, especially education. Missing/unacknowledged dimensions of the current leadership literature will also be identified with respect to authenticity. By analyzing a blend of survey data and focus groups findings the researcher intend to map teacher perceptions of authentic leaders. Specifically, they want to determine the dynamics needed to promote authentic rather than contrived collegiality. It is contended that authentic leaders will empower communities of learners through the creation of vibrant, safe, fulfilling schools.