Educational Leadership: Perspectives, Management and Challenges


Enmeshed in unprecedented social change, leaders of educational institutions at all levels are grappling with the demands and uncertainties of the 21st century. The challenges of educational leadership bring to the fore questions about leadership and inevitably questions about the nature and purpose of education itself. For example, ‘What is successful educational leadership?’. ‘What are the competencies and practices of effective educational leaders?’ ‘How should leadership be enacted at various levels of education?’ ‘What should educational leaders seek to do?’ What is the purpose of education for the 21st century?’, ‘How do various educational leaders influence the nature of education?’, ‘What educational leadership is needed to create viable and positive societies for the future?’. There are no definitive answers to any of these or other questions. What is apparent is that there is a diversity of perspectives, practices and thought around educational leadership.

Leadership is about creating a viable future for organizations, and in the case of educational leaders, leadership is just as much about contributing to creating a viable, positive future for societies. Like all leaders of 21st century, educational leaders must be forward looking and have a well-developed capability to anticipate or envision the future. Looking to the future, perceiving potential opportunities and anticipating possible threats means leaders must have wisdom and the ‘ability to think outside the box’ (Norzailan, Othman, & Ishizaki, 2016). The opportunities and threats perceived by leaders are those that are not obvious to others, and thus leaders are creative and have the ability to see ‘the unfamiliar’ (Norzailan, Othman, & Ishizaki, 2016).

Without doubt, the topic of educational leadership included, remains a hot topic for debate and development. As educational institutions experience increasing pressures due to the forces of globalization, change and uncertainty, an urgent item on society’s agenda is introspection and critical reflection on educational leadership. Leadership in general is a “perennially unfinished project” (Iszatt-White, 2010, p. 409), and educational leadership is no different. A strong base of reliable, verifiable knowledge is needed to foster development of educational leadership capabilities across a diversity of domains.

The Call for Chapters for this volume is an invitation to contribute to the evolution of educational leadership knowledge, thought and practices by sharing a diversity of perspectives, experiences, theories and philosophies related to educational leadership across all levels of education.

Iszatt-White, M. (2010). Strategic leadership: The accomplishment of strategy as a
‘perennially unfinished project’. Leadership , 6(4), 409-424.
Norzailan, Z., Othman, R., & Ishizaki, H. (2016). Strategic leadership competencies:
What is it and how to develop it? Industrial and Commercial Training , 48(8), 394-399.

We anticipate accepting approximately thirty submissions for the chapters in this book. Each chapter is not to exceed 10,000 words (minimum 7,000 words including references). Manuscripts will follow the APA style for references and in text citations. If a submission is accepted for publication, more detailed instructions will follow. All proposals should be submitted to Dr. Victor Wang at
Each proposal should be one page and include title, all author names and organizations, a clear statement of purpose of the research, methods used, and a summary of findings. The deadline for submission of chapter abstracts is February 22th, 2020. Editorial decisions notifications to authors based on chapter abstracts will be sent by the middle of March 2020.

This book is scheduled to be published by Nova Science Publishers, leading publisher of STM (Science, Technical and Medical) books worldwide. Nova Science Publications include printed (hardcover and softcover) and electronic books, journals, conference proceedings, handbooks, encyclopedias, edited collections and series collections. Currently, Nova publishes approximately 1,800 new titles every year from authors in the top universities and colleges from around the world. Nova has representatives, agents and distributors in virtually every country. This book is anticipated to be released in 2020. Relevant inquiries regarding the book or chapters should be emailed to