MANIFESTATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN DIFFERENT INTEREST GROUPS WITHIN LITHUANIAN SCHOOLS
AbstractThe study was based on the systemic concept of leadership, which emphasizes successful learning organizations and communities, distribution and assignment of leadership, vertically and horizontality (relationships with the community). The phenomenon of leadership in education is analyzed in the study by viewing leadership as a process rather than as a position that a person may occupy in an organization. The leadership process is interpreted as the ability to influence people and as a personal capacity that motivates and coordinates organization members to pursue the goals of the organization. The research problem includes two questions: „How is the phenomenon of leadership in education understood by schools stakeholders? What approach differences can be seen from stakeholders’ perspectives?” The research objective is educational leadership. The research aim is to reveal the manifestations of leadership in different interest groups within Lithuanian education (pupil leadership, teacher leadership, school principal leadership, and medium-level manager leadership).