Att balansera motstridiga ideal

En studie om etiskt ledarskap i gymnasieskolans lika villkorsarbete


  • Britt-Inger Keisu
  • Björn Ahlström
  • Pär Poromaa Isling
  • Ulrika Schmauch



gender- and diversity work, upper secondary school, ethical leadership, school marketization


Balancing between conflicting ideals. A study on ethical leadership, gender equality and diversity work in an upper secondary school. The aim of this article is to explore what characterizes principals’ ethical leadership in relation to gender- and diversity work at an upper secondary school distinguished by its elite program profile. Our main research interest is to investigate how principals describe and relate to the school’s equality work. The study’s theoretical understanding is founded in Starratt’s descriptions of ethical leadership. The study emanates from 12 in-depth individual and focus group interviews with a total of 47 individuals, both school staff and pupils. Our conclusion is that the principals’ stated mission is to communicate success and create a school for a selected group of students. Furthermore, this mission becomes part of the principals’ responsibility. This means that their presence and authenticity in the processes, as well as the requirements and expectations set by the school organizer, limit the opportunities for principals to achieve gender equality and diversity.