‘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.

Organisations and Leadership

Organisations and leadership

In This Chapter I Will:

  • argue that a basic knowledge of organisational theory is crucial for educational leaders;
  • invite the reader to examine their own leadership in the light of their current organisational context;
  • reflect on the various ways in which an organisation can be understood.

Chapter 3 debated several ways of viewing leadership and the part played by the leader. Bolman and Deal's (2003) seminal book on leadership and organisations puts it very well when they say that leadership is always situated in a context and a relationship (p. 336). This chapter aims to help you bring into clear focus your own understanding of how educational organisations work, and why and how that knowledge is important for leaders.

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