Confused by collegiate complexity
As John Bangs, head of education for the National Union of Teachers, says, Hay has created a false divide. There are different types of collegiality: the "golf club" type - inward looking and self-protective - is one, but there also exist teams of staff in very successful schools, teams which are open, self-critical and forward-thinking.
Having attended a Hay McBer training course a few years ago (Leadership skills for serving headteachers), I think I know how the confusion has arisen. The leadership model they presented consisted of three distinct styles.
They derived from a rather simplistic piece of research from the 1960s which compared three styles of leadership within a manufacturing context.
One style was authoritarian, one was achievement-orientated, and the other was "let's all have a great time at work and never mind about results".
As one might expect, the second was the most effective in terms of performance and the third least.
I suspect that Hay McBer are guilty of assuming that all schools fall into one of these three categories, and that if people are having a good time at work, they can't be achieving very much.
Schools are complex places and although a selective, reductionist approach to educational research seems to suit the Government very well in this case, it does not do teachers or schools justice.