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date: 30 March 2023

Positive School Leadership Behaviorslocked

Positive School Leadership Behaviorslocked

  • Joseph Murphy, Joseph MurphyVanderbilt University
  • Karen Seashore LouisKaren Seashore LouisUniversity of Minnesota Twin Cities
  •  and Mark SmylieMark SmylieUniversity of Illinois at Chicago


To introduce and define the core behaviors of positive school leadership (PSL), we explore six positively anchored sets of work (supporting, developing relationships, establishing values, acting authentically, modeling, and enabling or empowering) that move us beyond the deeply ingrained negative and deficit roots that have defined schooling for over a century. The exploration of research primarily on positive organizational scholarship (POS) accomplishes this, showing that POS attends to the growth of others and helps grow and reinforce relationships that focus on personalization, trust, and caring. Additionally, PSL produces important outcomes, enhancing the cultural climate in schools in particular; however, it is also important to note that the current structure and culture of schooling create significant barriers to the implementation of PSL.


  • Educational Theories and Philosophies

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