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Natasha N. Johnson:

Thaddeus L. Johnson:

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Book Chapter

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This chapter highlights the direct correlation between effective leadership and student achievement. The development – and execution – of a concrete leadership framework is necessary for organizational structure and serves as a standard of excellence that surpasses any potentially harmful influences (such as race, socioeconomic status, family structure, gender, culture, and disability, among others). The establishment of this agenda occurs as individuals continually strive for self-fulfillment. Through this process, one can effectively guide others while working towards their own personal and professional objectives. Ultimately, this distinguishes successful leaders from the rest and represents the goal to which leaders should aspire: the ability to consistently serve as a reflective thinker and practitioner in all aspects of life. Only then can one’s daily efforts toward self-fulfillment be evident in professional practice. Therefore, as underscored here, understanding the direct connection between leadership and student success is paramount.


Book chapter published by IGI Global in T. Mulvaney, W. George, J. Fitzgerald, & W. Morales (Eds.), Transformative Leadership and Change Initiative Implementation for P-12 and Higher Education, IGI Global, 2024.

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