Understanding successful principal leadership: progress on a broken front

Kenneth Leithwood (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To synthesize the results of the seven country reports covered in the special issue of JEA on successful school principalship.


Presents the main themes of the articles with their main implications and benefits. Examines the different models.


The country reports provide encouraging signs of progress in addressing this limitation. Such progress seems primarily due to the development of multiple cases, over time, within each country. This allows for ongoing refinement of ideas and data collection techniques, eventually resulting in the cross‐case reports appearing in this issue. These reports provide some indication, as well, that researchers are beginning to learn from their colleagues in other countries.


Summarizes multiple case studies of successful principal leadership in seven countries.



Leithwood, K. (2005), "Understanding successful principal leadership: progress on a broken front", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 43 No. 6, pp. 619-629. https://doi.org/10.1108/09578230510625719

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