The emotional labour of the aspirant leader: traversing school politics

Gallant, Andrea and Riley, Philip 2013, The emotional labour of the aspirant leader: traversing school politics, in Emotion and school: understanding how the hidden curriculum influences relationships, leadership, teaching and learning, Emerald Goup Publishing, Bingley, England, pp.81-97.

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Title The emotional labour of the aspirant leader: traversing school politics
Author(s) Gallant, Andrea
Riley, Philip
Title of book Emotion and school: understanding how the hidden curriculum influences relationships, leadership, teaching and learning
Editor(s) Newberry, Melissa
Gallant, Andrea
Riley, Philip
Publication date 2013
Series Advances in research on teaching; v. 18
Chapter number 5
Total chapters 14
Start page 81
End page 97
Total pages 17
Publisher Emerald Goup Publishing
Place of Publication Bingley, England
Keyword(s) display rules
wounding
surface acting
resilience
collegial relationship
Summary The emotions of the aspirant leader are underexplored. In this chapter, we detail how aspirants experience the transition from teacher to leader and report on the kinds of emotional labour associated with the transition. This was examined during events of high emotional arousal for 130 school aspirants: when they felt professionally wounded, either by colleagues, leaders, parents or students. During a time of wounding, emotional work and emotional labour hinged on the dissonance between 'display rules' of the school and what aspirants' actually felt. Exploring the wounding stories revealed common display rules, which were often broken. Breaking these rules always had consequences and emotional correlates. The most prevalent form of emotional labour was surface acting. The.final discovery was the resilience of the aspirants as they recovered. Invariably, aspirants progressed through an emotion cycle of Regrouping, Recovery and Resolution. The quality of collegial relationships was the key to resolving the woundings.
ISBN 1781906513
9781781906514
Language eng
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055087

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Education
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