Chapter 22: Indigenous leadership in education: footprints of the past - transitioning to the future
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Effective Indigenous leaders articulate the skills and abilities needed to navigate the uncertainties of the 21st century. They are adept in the skills of how to identify, pursue and achieve goals, and in doing so, are able to inspire others along the education leadership journey. This chapter explores a broad set of characteristics of leaders, both nationally and internationally, and expands on qualities that are displayed by Indigenous leaders in Māori society in historical and contemporary times. A selection of Indigenous leadership traits is offered so as to illustrate how iconography and metaphor can be manifested in real-world contexts. A framework referring to two streams of knowledge is espoused. This framework is the channel through which Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership qualities can complement each other to yield, potentially, better outcomes than either paradigm can yield on its own. A set of four compelling messages are offered as ‘food for thought’.

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