This article attempts to explain how leadership has an effect on student learning and what the essential ingredients of successful leadership are. The authors suggest that leadership is second only to teaching in its impact on student-learning. They argue that high-quality leaders best impact students by:
- Setting directions. Establishing a clear vision and using sense making to track progress.
- Developing people. Providing teachers with the necessary support and training to succeed.
- Making the organization work. Ensuring the organizational structures and systems in place fully support, rather than hinder, teaching and learning.
Authors: Kenneth Leithwood, Karen Seashore Louis, Stephen Anderson, and Kyla Wahlstrom