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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 Future of Leadership Development
The future of leadership development
Introduction: Leadership Matters

There is great, and widespread, interest in educational leadership and management, a trend that has been accelerating in the twenty-first century. The widely accepted belief that effective leadership is vital for successful schooling is increasingly being supported by evidence of its beneficial effects (Hallinger 2003a; Leithwood et al. 2006). Leadership is now recognised to be the second most significant factor influencing school and pupil outcomes, after classroom practice (Leithwood et al. 2006). Schools and colleges often succeed because of the skill and commitment of their principals and senior teams. Where there is failure, inadequate leadership is often a major contributory factor. As a result, ‘school leadership has recently become one of the central concerns ...

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