‘This book is refreshing and distinctive. It takes the individual as the starting-point and builds outwards from there, to the vital but often neglected interpersonal dimension and the turbulent contexts of modern education. Vignettes help to make the theory concrete and activities bring the reader right into the frame.’ – Ron Glatter, Emeritus Professor of Educational Administration and Management, The Open University and Hon. President of BELMAS
Effective leadership combines organisational skills and personal qualities. Building on notions of leadership at all levels, this book contains an invaluable bank of creative ideas to help teachers already in management positions, as well as those just starting out, to reflect on their personal and leadership development.
With a focus on organisational improvement and leading strategically within changing policy contexts, chapters interrogate key leadership issues such as managing people, values and context. Examples from the UK and internationally further demonstrate how to develop as a successful and sustainable leader.
Content includes: the influence of local and national contexts; accountability; working with stakeholders across boundaries and borders; approaches to change; becoming a strategic leader; the educational leader as researcher.
This is an essential resource for practising and aspiring educational leaders and managers and students on postgraduate or personal development courses, in the UK and internationally.
Chapter 1: Becoming and Staying an Educational Leader
Becoming and Staying an Educational Leader
In this chapter I will:
- explain the structure of the book;
- discuss and define the idea of a leadership narrative and how it could be useful to you;
- suggest that you may wish to consider a reflective journal, or companion, as a tool for development so that you can continually reflect as you read through the book.
Near and Far
This book is about educational leaders, and specifically about those who lead schools, both in England where I live and in other countries and international contexts. There are also, I hope, aspects of the book which offer useful insights for those of you who work in educational settings other than schools. This book is based around the idea of ...