This chapter will cover basic theories and practices of successful leadership through strategic planning. A range of issues will be explored for school improvement in an educational setting, such as: Managing educational change by identifying individual and organizational drivers for improvement; Accountability and evaluation across international contexts with consideration for how it might work in a range of situations in the national context; Preparation to lead and assess teaching and learning; How to build cohesive diversity cultures in schools that promote a positive environment where the differences will be accepted; Examining processes that promote change for improvement; The primary responsibilities of school leaders as change agents within their organizations; How to ensure sustainability of educational reforms to improve school effectiveness with a focus on the role of school leaders in the process.
Keywords: Strategic leadership, Successful leadership, Cultural context
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