Leadership and Management

Effective leadership is the key to the success of educational organisations.

The purpose of this paper is to research the effect of leadership and organisation of culture within modern day post compulsory Further Education.
To assist with this research examination of two different Further Education Colleges will be undertaken to compare and contrast their leadership - styles, approach, effectiveness.
A questionnaire will be necessary to help collate the required information to gain an insight into these institutions and pose the question are their leaders individuals or are they a product of mass FE manufacturing. The writer is currently affiliated with College 1 and previously with college 2 thus being able to give an insight to both institutions.

Before further examination to investigate facts, it is necessary to scrutinize the definitions of leadership, success and effectiveness. According to the online New Oxford American Dictionary (2010)
Leadership - the action of leading a group of people or an organisation, guidance, direction, management, supervision, influence.
Success - the accomplishment of an aim or purpose, favourable outcome, achievement.
Effectiveness - productiveness, advantage, usefulness, capability, desired result, value, power, benefit.

Further enquiry must be made into what leadership is, traits and qualities of a leader, wither leaders are born or manufactured.

According to Hannagan ,
“Leadership is the process of motivating other people to act in particular ways in order to achieve specific goals. The motivation of other people may be achieved in a variety of ways which affect leadership styles, and the way a person exercises leadership can be identified as a series of actions which are directed towards a particular objective.” (P38, 1995)
Hannagan (1995) believes that those who comply with leaders conform their own ideas in the short term to those of the leader in the hope of recognition and reward for their...