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South African Journal of Education

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A profile of effective leadership in some South African high-poverty schools

G Kamper

Abstract




The struggle of high-poverty schools for survival is well documented. Some have
overcome poverty-related odds and performed exceptionally well, prompting the
following research question: What elements constitute a profile of effective
leadership in high-poverty schools? Investigations conducted at six successful
high-poverty schools revealed the contribution of invitational leadership to this
success. I look at the personal traits and capabilities of effective leaders in
high-poverty schools, as presented in a leadership profile.

Keywords: invitational leadership; poverty in South Africa; South African
high-poverty school

South African Journal of Education Vol. 28 (1) 2008: pp. 1-18



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