Effective school leadership is a subject that has attracted enormous scholarship in recent times. Many governments and schools want to know characteristics of administrators and educational institutions that are making a difference. Although the work done on leadership in general and the education field is enormous, literature on the role of specific educational institutions that are making a difference in school administration and their insights on the meaning of education and effective school leadership is still limited. This paper discusses a leadership trajectory of a high performing high school in Kenya-Starehe Boys Centre and School and its insights on the purpose and meaning of education and educational leadership. The paper contends that although educational challenges are considerable and the route to reform is complex, the potential for leadership to influence school excellence remains unequivocal. The paper affirms that quality of headship in schools matters in determining the motivation of teachers and students and quality of teaching. Further, the paper underscores that an effective education process is expected to be transformational. Educational leadership that is transformational is seen as inspiring, transforming, wholistic, progressive, change-centred and puts the society to a greater developmental pedestal level.
|Keywords:||Education, Educational Leadership, Transformational Educational Leadership|
Assistant Professor, Department of African and African-American Studies, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA
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