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Masters in Education Practice: Leadership


Characteristics and features of leadership



This topic explored characteristics and features of leadership involving individual moral purpose, individual values and trust. These aspects have a strong impact on professional relationships and organisational culture. There is also some evidence of stronger impacts on learner outcomes where moral purpose and trust are at a high level.


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