Leading education into the future





leadership, inquiry, emotion, complexity, implementation, policy, partnership, adaptive leadership, voice


Effective leadership is key to addressing enduring education issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our education system needs to be responsive within rapidly changing, uncertain, and complex contexts in which we face significant societal and global challenges. Key questions are provided to provoke critical and urgent conversations. These may lead to the development and implementation of effective policy and include an intentional focus on what we need to stop doing, what we need to keep doing, and what we need to start doing.


Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Deidre Le Fevre, University of Auckland

Professor Deidre Le Fevre is a researcher and academic program leader for postgraduate studies in educational leadership at the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching focus on leadership, learning, and policy for organisational change and development. She explores practices that support practitioners address complex leadership problems. Deidre brings knowledge and skills in understanding organisational change, the development of professional capability, and effective leadership to her work consulting with leaders and organisations. Her research includes several large-scale projects investigating leadership, professional learning, and educational improvement.


Argyris, C., & Schön, D. (1996). Organizational learning II: Theory, method and practice. Addison-Wesley.

Berryman, M., & Eley, E. (2018). Gathering and Listening to the Voices of Māori Youth:

What Are the System Responses? In R. Bourke & J. Loveridge (Eds.), Radical collegiality

through student voice: Educational experience, policy and practice (pp. 103-126).


Carter, D. L., & White, M. A. (2022). Leading schools in disruptive times: How to survive hyper-change (2nd edition). Corwin.

Hadar, L. L., Ergas, O., Alpert, B., & Ariav, T. (2020). Rethinking teacher education in a VUCA world: Student teachers’ social-emotional competencies during the Covid-19 crisis. European Journal of Teacher Education, 43(4), 573-586. https://doi.org/10.1080/02619768.2020.1807513

Hare, W. (2003). The ideal of open-mindedness and its place in education. Journal of Thought, 38(2), 3-10.

Hargreaves, A. (2022). High school change: A reflective essay on three decades of frustration, struggle, and progress. Journal of Educational Administration, 60(3), 245-261. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEA-01-2022-0013

Heifetz, R., Linksy, M., & Grashow, A. (2009). The practice of adaptive leadership: Tools and techniques for changing your organization and the world. Harvard Business Press.

Jal, M., & Datnow, A. (2020). Changing the grammar of schooling: An appraisal and a

research agenda. American Journal of Education, 126(4). https://doi.org/10.1086/709960

Le Fevre, D. M. (2022). Leading through crisis: The adaptive leadership of Jacinda Ardern. In M. Raei & H. Rasmussen (Eds.), Adaptive leadership in a global economy: Perspectives for application and scholarship. (pp. 165-179). Routledge.

Le Fevre, D. M., & Robinson, V. M. J. (2015). The interpersonal challenges of instructional leadership: Principals’ effectiveness in conversations about performance issues. Educational Administration Quarterly, 51(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/0013161X13518218

Milojevic, I. (2005). Educational Futures: Dominant and Contesting Visions. Routledge.

Netolicky, D. M. (Ed.). (2022). Future alternatives for educational leadership: Diversity, inclusion, equity and democracy. Routledge.

Schein, E. H., & Schein, P. (2016). Organizational culture and leadership (5th Edition). Wiley.

Twyford, K., & Le Fevre, D. M. (2019). Leadership, uncertainty and risk: How leaders influence teachers. Journal of Professional Capital and Community, 4(4), 309-324. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-02-2019-0002

Weick, K. E. (2007). Drop your tools: On reconfiguring management education. Journal of

Management Education, 31(1), 5-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/1052562906293699

Zepeda, S. J., & Lanoue, P. D. (2021). A leadership guide to navigating the unknown in education: New narratives amid COVID-19. Routledge.