Emotional Dimensions of Educational Administration and Leadership explores foundational theories for emotional dimensions of educational administration and leadership as they influence our understanding, analysis and practice in the field. It covers a broad range of topics, such as ethics, authority, personality, social justice, gender discrimination, organisational culture, decision-making, accountability and marketisation.

The first section, ‘Theoretical Foundations’, includes discussion of the early modern romantic philosophy that produced the heroic notion of leadership, the idealist philosophy of Hegel, existential concerns through Kierkegaard, the contributions of psychoanalysis, and Habermasian critical theory. The second section, ‘Types of Emotional Analysis’, includes examinations of the material culture, emotional economies, the politics of emotion, and the relationship between emotion and rationality. The last section, 'Critical and Contemporary Issues', includes critiques of the fear arising from accountability regimes, the political economy of the market model, a feminist critique of ideologies reflecting emotional investments, narrative expressions for the emotional context of teamwork, the problem of narcissism, and the emotional dimensions of role engagement.

This volume explores an area that is only just re-emergent in the last few years. The collection demonstrates the relevance to practical issues and problems internationally, both within the organisational context and extra-organisationally with a focus on the application of emotional factors as they affect our understanding of, and practice in, educational organisations. The emotions of education affect the implementation of political values and culture within organisations.

chapter |17 pages

Editors' introduction

ByEugenie A. Samier, Michèle Schmidt

part I|64 pages

Theoretical foundations

chapter 1|10 pages

The romantic philosophy of mind

The elevation of emotion to the (anti-)heroic ideal
ByEugenie A. Samier

chapter 2|10 pages

Philosophy and authority

Passion in ambivalence
ByNigel Tubbs

chapter 3|12 pages

Kierkegaard, emotion, and the individual

Passion of the infinite as the truth for educational leadership
ByYaroslav Senyshyn

chapter 4|12 pages

Unconscious dynamics in the educational organisation

Psychoanalytic contributions to administration and leadership studies
ByEugenie A. Samier

chapter 5|18 pages

Towards a critical theory of emotions in educational leadership and administration

Building on concepts from Jürgen Habermas
ByPeter Milley

part II|60 pages

Types of emotional analysis

chapter 6|12 pages

Desks and office spaces

Personal, emotional, and organisational sites for leading
BySheri Klein

chapter 7|12 pages

The politics of emotions

Affective economies, ambivalence, and transformation
ByMichalinos Zembylas

chapter 8|16 pages

Measures of hope and despair

Emotionality, politics, and education
ByJill Blackmore

chapter 9|18 pages

My head and my heart

De-constructing the historical/hysterical binary that conceals and reveals emotion in educational leadership
ByCheryl L. Bolton, Fenwick W. English

part III|81 pages

Critical and contemporary issues

chapter 10|15 pages

Accountability and the educational leader

Where does fear fit in?
ByMichèle Schmidt

chapter 11|14 pages

The political economy of the emotions

Individualism, culture and markets, and the administration of the self in education
ByRichard Bates

chapter 12|12 pages

‘Let's get personal'

Disrupting gender norms in educational organisations
ByJanice Wallace

chapter 13|12 pages

The leader and the team

Emotional context in educational leadership
ByMegan Crawford

chapter 14|14 pages

Emotional engagement with leadership

ByPeter Gronn

chapter 15|12 pages

The problem of narcissists in positions of power

The grandiose, the callous, and the irresponsible in educational administration and leadership
ByEugenie A. Samier, Terryl Atkins