‘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.



In this chapter I will:

  • argue that at the crux of your development as a leader is an ongoing commitment towards examining your values towards leadership and education;
  • ask you to examine your own leadership narrative in terms of the values you bring to the task of leadership;
  • think about the values that you may intentionally or unintentionally promote.


The subject of values is a complex one on which countless words have been written. Your values will be examined and re-examined over time and related to your developing knowledge and experience. Greenfield and Ribbins tell us: ‘The school is a crux of values and for values […] schools are a reflection of the culture that they exist within but they are also a prime instrument for shaping and ...

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