There is one school of thought about educational leadership that suggests that the ‘product’ of schools is the same as that in any industrial production unit and that by manipulating the inputs you can improve the outputs.
Schools, as we now know them are traditionally based on managing by industrial model. which is why we have year cohorts, rather than other forms of group organisation, examinations and year batches… all standard industrial production models. This view of educational leadership is bolstered by the ‘quality control’ internal and external inspection models, and the volumes of data that can now be harvested to inform management decisions.
All this has the effect of ‘dehumanising’ learning by building it on an industrial and not a human scale. There is little tolerance of ‘non-conformity’, and the data drives the processes, with little time for reflection.
I would suggest Managerial Leadership is not a good thing when practised to the exclusion of all other models!