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Leadership is critical to educational development and specific preparation is vital if leaders are to maximise their effectiveness. In this major new text, Tony Bush draws on his extensive international experience and research to examine the case for leadership development and assess the different modes of preparation used in Europe, including the U.K., North America, Asia Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Africa. He also examines research on how leadership impacts on school and student outcomes and considers future directions for leadership and management development in education.This text is essential reading for students of educational leadership and management as well as for policy-makers, headteachers and principals.

The Impact of Leadership Development
The impact of leadership development

In Chapter 3, we outlined the evidence that leadership development contributes to modified leadership and management practice, and to enhanced school and student outcomes. There is a widespread belief in the efficacy of development programmes, leading to the introduction and growth of such interventions in many countries (Hallinger 2003c; Huber 2004a; Watson 2003b). Governments are investing substantial sums in leadership development because they believe that it will produce better leaders and more effective schools' systems. Individuals are also contributing their time, and often their own resources, to their own professional development because they think that it will enhance their career prospects and make them better leaders. However, as we noted in Chapter 3, the empirical evidence ...

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