Educational leadership; leadership development; interculturalism; professional development; multicultural education; leadership perspectives.
The bulk of theory and practice around educational leadership is drawn almost exclusively from narrowly conceived Western beliefs, philosophies and understandings. Australian Catholic University’s Centre for Creative & Authentic Leadership has hosted four AusAID funded Australian Awards Fellowships (AAF) programs for educational leaders from nine countries in Asia and the Pacific since 2007. The AAF programs aimed to influence personal and professional development by supporting and enhancing AAF Fellows’ educational leadership skills and knowledge, and leadership values. The AAF programs have been practice-based, informed by leadership principles, values and practices that shape influential and authentic educational leaders. To strengthen the capacity of the Fellows to lead with extended and new ideas relevant to their own contexts, the AAF programs have challenged the Western-privileged theories of educational leadership, and encouraged the Fellows to build on multicultural perspectives of leadership. From this a number of principles for intercultural leadership have been declared.
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