Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, Vol 4, No 1 (2014)

Transformative Leadership and Diversity: The Need for Change Agents, Followership, and Tipping Points in Our Educational Institutions

Laura Ellen Wyper


This article looks at the changes in leadership, followership and team decision making that are needed to move to more equitable school environments. It briefly explores how our colonial roots are still with us today and how decisions at the post-secondary institutional level are still often made for the benefit of dominant groups at the exclusion of others. It discusses how and why transformative leadership and followership working as change agents are crucial in administrative and other role modeling positions within our educational institutions as they are able to create the dissonance and tipping points needed to make change happen. The article argues that this is key to moving forward to the equitable places that education institutions should find themselves for the inclusion of all students.


Transformative Leadership; Followership; Change Agents; Tipping Points; Equity; Education

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