New Labour, New Leaders? Gendering Transformational Leadership


Lambert, Cath. 2007. “New Labour, New Leaders? Gendering Transformational Leadership.” British Journal of Sociology of Education 28 (2): 149-163. 

Author: Cath Lambert


Transformational leadership is widely recognised as being central to the implementation of educational reform. In this paper I draw on selected educational speeches made by New Labour politicians in order to locate shifting discourses of leadership within the broader accountability framework through which the terms of the relationship between central government and head teachers have been re/configured in the United Kingdom. The gendered politics of transformation are examined, highlighting new and renewed forms of masculinity embedded within new leadership ideals. It is suggested that a gendered critique of transformational leadership offers an important contribution to critical analyses of the neo-liberal and managerialist educational project.

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Gendered Power Relations, Governance, Political Participation Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 2007

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