Leadership Capacity: Cohorts, Continuity, Change

  • Ciaran Sugrue
Part of the Studies in Educational Leadership book series (SIEL, volume 20)


As argued in Chap. 1, a longitudinal life history approach to the study of leadership facilitates a change over time perspective, something absent from snapshot in time studies. While earlier empirical chapters indicate clearly that there has been intensification over time, particularly in more recent years, as neo-liberal ideology and NPM discourses have become more pronounced in policy documents, thus national policy has become more susceptible to international macro policy movements, performativity has become a more prominent feature of the realities of principals’ lives and work. As the pace of change has accelerated, and demands for reform increase and intensify, such pressures bring performativity and capacity building into high relief, as a challenge to school ecologies and the role played by inter-personal relationships and trust in building a sense of purpose, vision and shared commitment to leadership. What this chapter sets out to capture is how continuity and change have played out across the four cohorts over time but in a thematic manner rather than the strict linear cohort way that most chapters have been structured. This thematic approach, across the tension created between continuity and change, performativity and capacity building, and the cohorts, seeks also amidst this tension to indicate and illustrate what the constants have been across the decades, the most persistent challenges; those matters which inhibit and facilitate the building and sustaining of leadership capacity over time.


Capacity Building School Leader School Community Shared Vision Soft Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ciaran Sugrue
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity College DublinBelfield, DublinIreland

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