The managerial functions of leadership differ, according to the particular settings and situations. Leadership in distance education is variously different from leadership in traditional education. Creating and conveying a technological vision, which be powerful enough to displace traditional educational models, is one of the most challenging aspects of leadership in distance education. This paper looks at the role of leadership in distance education, and finds that being a specialist is not a prerequisite for being a successful leader. Rather, the qualities of leadership are the personal attitudes and behaviours, which create and advance the conditions for innovations and their operationalization. Moreover, no specific best leadership style or set of attitudes and behaviours have yet been found in distance education.
Article originally published in ‘Asian Journal of Distance Education’, V. 5 (2007), n. 1, pp. 4-7. http://www.asianjde.org/2007v5.1.Contents.html – Reprinted with permission