Chapter 4 concentrates significantly on the important concept of moral school leadership, particularly in guiding school change and in articulating a shared vision for that change agenda. The authors state unequivocally that re-culturing a school requires a school’s leadership to clearly define and communicate to all stakeholders a vision for the agreed future to which all collectively aspire with the intention of generating the necessary excitement and commitment to achieve it. To this end the mission and vision become the starting point for school change. The authors propose five characteristics that underpin an effective school mission/purpose statement.
The chapter also explores the concept of a school leadership’s personal motivation and flow on their change predisposition. It is at this juncture that the concept of flow is defined and explained, including both mental and emotional aspects of the concept.
Finally, the chapter then goes on to explore the concept of shared moral purpose and the impact of a leader’s moral purpose on shared leadership approaches and importantly concludes by examining its impact on a school’s authentic learning endeavours.