It is axiomatic that leaders affect the success of organizations. However, the particular attributes and behaviors of leaders have differential effects across organizations with diverse governance and organizational arrangements. New ways of governing and organizing schools and school systems shape the leadership environment, just as leaders shape organizations. The characteristics typical of leaders (bringing others to places they had not intended to go) are increasingly being supplemented with characteristics associated with entrepreneurs, such as identifying a problem, addressing it with a compelling idea, and setting about its remedy by creating and growing a business.
CEG researchers study the implications of leadership within emerging and traditional school contexts. These include comprehensive school reform, charter schools, charter management organizations and other innovative forms of educational governance, including school networks.