Toxic leadership in education: Mirroring the real world?

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The aims of this paper were to investigate whether teachers recognised toxic leadership in their work context and what they saw as it root causes.
The author used a questionnaire as a pilot in order to generate salient issues.
This pilot questionnaire was followed by research conversations between the research and 73 teachers based on a Habermasian social constructionist practice.
The results suggest that there are some similarities between education and other employment sectors and that ‘Toxic Leadership’ is an issue that should be addressed.
This paper calls for further research on toxicity in educational leadership and a move to ethical forms of leadership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalBLIS Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020


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