Current approaches to leadership suggest that developing shared and collaborative leadership structures and practices enhances the quality of leadership within educational organisations. This unit focuses on those aspects of leadership which are implied in the use of such terms as shared leadership, parallel leadership, teacher leadership, collaborative leadership and team leadership. The unit also addresses issues associated with the development of leadership capabilities amongst all members of the school community and suggests that the development of a culture of leadership within the school is a necessary component of school improvement and leadership succession-planning. There will be a particular focus on effective leadership through teams, shared decision-making and responsibility, and the development of leadership density within the school community. Participants will explore the values involved in nurturing effective relationships, including care, compassion, respect, justice and inclusivity. An awareness and understanding of the ethical dimensions of interrelationships within the school community is also included. The importance of developing personal and organisational capabilities in such areas as emotional intelligence, team development, conflict management, effective communication and negotiation is addressed.