Successful principal leadership: Australian case studies

David Gurr (The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Lawrie Drysdale (The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Bill Mulford (The University of Tasmania, Tasmania, Australia)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Publication date: 1 December 2005



This paper aims to provide an Australian perspective on successful school leadership.


The paper focuses on case studies in two Australian states (Tasmania and Victoria). Case studies for each state were developed independently and are reported separately.


The findings show a remarkable degree of commonality demonstrating that the core aspects of successful school leadership can be identified in ways that can help explain the complexity of principal leadership that leads to improved student outcomes.


Highlights the importance and contribution of the principal to the quality of education.



Gurr, D., Drysdale, L. and Mulford, B. (2005), "Successful principal leadership: Australian case studies", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 43 No. 6, pp. 539-551.

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