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

  • G Kamper
Keywords: invitational leadership, poverty in South Africa, South African


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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eISSN: 2076-3433
print ISSN: 0256-0100