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`This is an exceptional book. It tempted me to throw out most of my collected works on the management of change, because the author has somehow succeeded by including almost every aspect of educational change that any practitioner would wish to consider....Overall this is a very stimulating book. It is packed with information and the ideas and concepts contained could pack a school development plan for many years' - School Leadership and Management The theories and practices from the literature on business, manufacturing and commerce which inform principles for managing change in education are identified in this book.The author shows how the complexity of change can be addressed effectively. O

Leadership, Senior Management and the Expertise of the Change Agent
Leadership, senior management and the expertise of the change agent
Introduction

In the current drive towards school improvement and school effectiveness, effective leadership is seen as a critical element (e.g. Reynolds, 1994; DfEE, 1997). Here strong leadership involves setting the mission, standards and culture of the school. It was suggested in the previous chapter that leadership is not the exclusive property of senior managers but that it can be exercised at all levels of an organization. Leadership is less about status and position in a hierarchy than the possession of essential competencies, skills and expertise. As such leaders and potential leaders can be found everywhere in an organization. It would be a salutary lesson for many headteachers ...

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