‘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.

Knowing Your Own Boundaries – The Capable Leader

Knowing your own boundaries – The capable leader

This chapter will discuss:

  • whether there are key capabilities that leaders need to develop and enrich their professional practice;
  • how these relate to your own practice now;
  • how theory and practice interrelate for developing leaders;
  • assessing yourself.

This book's focus is very much on the individual and how they interact with their environment. Leadership draws on many capabilities, and a capable leader, in my view, is one who knows his or her own strengths and weaknesses.

On a personal level, the idea of being a capable leader draws on the whole leader – their personality, their life experiences and their leadership skills. Capabilities are closely related to your own personal leadership narrative and the capabilities of ...

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