‘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.

Leadership Challenges and Opportunities

Leadership challenges and opportunities

This chapter will endeavour to:

  • bring together some of the ideas discussed in the light of your personal reflections throughout the book;
  • consider how and why you develop as a leader;
  • conclude the book with a self-review and development exercise.

This book has sought to look at how issues in leadership and management are not just about individual accomplishments but are concerned with the subjective social reality of life in educational settings. The last chapter was partly imbued with my subjective personal view of leadership and management. Some of the issues that have been discussed will apply more to your own development as an educational leader than others.

This final chapter looks back at the book and widens out to look at how ...

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