International Conference: Lead, manage and govern in a diverse and complex context towards quality education for all,13-15 April 2015, Potchefstroom, North West, South Africa

The conference theme addresses an important issue in the international educational context. A large number of schools are not performing as expected and leadership is one of the important factors identified to address this issue. Different types of leadership may be successful in the diverse context of schools and leadership styles like heroic leader, participate leaders are different options in this effort to improve the quality at a large school. Although there may be different opinions about the position of education as a profession, school principals are expected to be a professional leader. These leaders must lead with willing and motivated followers in difficult societal and school context. Principals must lead sometimes against a hostile environment, from low qualified teachers, influence or lack of involvement of parental support, union involvement and limited school equipment and facilities
Read the  Opening Speech : Diversity and the quality of education leadership: why difference still makes a difference. Robert J. Balfour, Dean of Education Sciences, North-West University

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