About this Research Topic
In the field of education, the term ‘sustainability’ refers to the ability of an educational system to continuously improve in a way that addresses the core values of human beings. A sustainable educational organization is one that makes efficient use of the available resources (both human and material) so as to respond to its current needs and provide qualitative education, while at the same time securing the same for future generations.
The leadership has a direct impact on sustainability since different strategies can change or diversify the working practices of staff members and the way that educational services are provided.
Strategies are formulated at the top of an organization’s hierarchy and the form they take is based on the elements and the information coming from lower hierarchical levels. The strategic decisions, which are the outcome of leadership, are a huge responsibility shared by all educational managers and leaders. It is crucial for leaders to understand this process as sustainable leadership helps an educational organization to respond to the challenges posed by its environment in a sustainable and efficient manner; school units depend for their continued existence on correct decision making.
However, though strategic leadership is a key instrument in securing an organization’s survival and sustainability, it is not enough to simply recognize this value: more needs to be done to provide a better understanding of the exact role and processes involved in securing a school’s survival and prosperity. Therefore, a deeper investigation of strategic leadership would be of great importance to the field of management.
In recent years, the structure and the culture of educational organizations in countries such as England, Finland and Greece have been going through a phase of transition, with the higher goal of improving the educational process while emphasizing social values so that societies can regenerate themselves in a sustainable way. The ultimate reason for improving educational strategies is to ensure that they have a direct impact upon the economic and societal development of a country. Indeed, the only way of changing behaviors and attitudes is through the educational process and hence any positive substantial change in the productivity and efficient development of a country is heavily dependent on educational strategies and on an ongoing review of the educational process.
The objective of this article collection is to investigate both strategic leadership and organizational sustainability. We aim for this collection of articles to identify the current state and develop insights to set the groundwork for the future direction of this field and to do this, we welcome input from a variety of sources. For example, this could include, but is not limited to, original research, systematic review articles and policy briefs. We also encourage input from a global perspective to explore cultural contexts in different regions and continents.
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