‘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.

Researching in Your Own Organisation

Researching in your own organisation

This chapter will:

  • outline the key parts of the process of researching as an insider;
  • discuss the benefits of such research;
  • examine the benefits to the organisation of developing researchers internally that are able to disseminate knowledge elsewhere in the system.

This chapter examines the benefits and challenges of researching in the place you work. If you have not read the previous two chapters, it would probably be helpful to do so before you read this one, as they do provide much of the foundation on which this chapter is based as it looks at practical and ethical issues that can arise when researching as an ‘insider’ in an organisation. Examples are given of research that has been carried out ...

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