Educational leadership for twenty‐first century Malta: breaking the bonds of dependency

Christopher Bezzina (Department of Foundations in Education, University of Malta, Malta)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Educational leadership in Malta is currently undergoing a radical transformation at both systems and school level. The Maltese education authorities are delegating a number of responsibilities to the school site. Argues that whilst creating the self‐managing school is the way forward to improve the quality of education there is doubt as to what leadership model, if any, central authorities are trying to institutionalise at both systems and school level. It is argued that central authorities need to project a clear vision which will help schools establish a professional culture which offers choice, opportunity, authority and responsibility. Whilst the changes that await us call for both adaptive and technical challenges, a claim is made for a focus on the human side of management. Highlights the importance of principle‐centred leadership, a leadership which finds its source in the intellect, heart, mind and souls of individuals and one which is sustained through meaningful relationships. Leaders need to be given opportunities to develop as persons with special focus on areas such as learning, values, creativity and collegiality.



Bezzina, C. (2000), "Educational leadership for twenty‐first century Malta: breaking the bonds of dependency", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 14 No. 7, pp. 299-307.

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