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Educational Leadership
Personal Growth for Professional Development

First Edition


May 2004 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This wide-ranging and thought-provoking book provides an alternative approach to personal and professional leadership development. Although directed at headteachers, it has much to say to all staff irrespective of whether they are in formal positions of leadership.

Given the increased attention to professional development, this is a timely publication, and will cause those who read it reflect as well as providing a wealth of approaches and ideas which can be used in their school' - Colin Parker, Headteacher of King Edward VI Aston School, Managing Schools Today

`This is an exceptionally good book that clearly brings together the author's experience as a headteacher and academic. Harry Tomlinson is an educationalist with deep insights into the personal development dimension of leadership. This is not your standard leadership book; instead it is a unique set of ideas, concepts and observations that comprehensively covers 'the how' of building leadership abilities.With twenty chapters, this is a significant resource for practitioners, leadership developers and academics' - Professor Brent Davies, International Journal Educational Management

`This is undeniably, a terrifically rich and well-researched text which could be the starting point for a variety of personal development journeys. It has enormous value in asserting the importance of personal growth as the foundation for professional development' - Times Education Supplement

`This book will undoubtedly help school leaders and potential leaders acquire a basic understanding of the essential elements in understanding themselves and others in the professional context' - Times Educational Supplement

There are many books about professional development for leaders in schools and teachers, particularly in the context of performance management. Though this book takes account of these, the focus is initially very much on personal development through self-understanding and self-management, because this has to be the basis for profound professional development.

This book provides an alternative approach to personal and professional leadership development. For the first time this wide range of topics has been covered in a book on educational leadership. Practical activities are included to encourage the learning process. The first part of the book looks at the individual and the personal learning, development of emotional intelligence and modeling excellence which provide the basis for professional development. In the middle chapters the author focuses on the interpersonal and team development processes such as career management, coaching and decision making. The concluding chapters explore issues at the school level but always concentrating on the individual leadership development required. These include major current concerns such as knowledge management, the learning organization and the work-life balance. The author reaches out to include evidence from beyond the world of schools and education in order to enhance understanding.

This book provides an in-depth resource and a learning opportunity for all those concerned with educational leadership.

 
Self-Management and Personal Development
 
Self-Understanding, Personality and Psychometric Instruments
 
Emotional Intelligence
 
360-Degree Feedback
 
Accelerated Learning, the Brain, Competencies and Interviews
 
Neurolinguistic Programming and Professional Development
Improving Communication Skills  
 
Developing Creativity, Intuition and Innovation in Schools
 
Managing Stress and Managing Time
 
Career Development and Development as a Professional
 
Training, Coaching and Mentoring
 
Interpersonal Skills, Decision-Making and Team Learning
 
Leadership Development
 
Performance Management
 
Ethics, Values, Vision, Mission and Gender
 
Culture, Change and Organizational Health
 
Strategy
 
Quality Models
 
The Learning Organization and Knowledge Management
 
Business Process Re-Engineering
Achieving Radical Change  
 
Work and Life
Achieving a Balance and Planning for the Future  

'This wide-ranging and thought-provoking book provides an alternative approach to personal and professional leadership development. Although directed at headteachers, it has much to say to all staff irrespective of whether they are in formal positions of leadership.

Given the increased attention to professional development, this is a timely publication, and will cause those who read it reflect as well as providing a wealth of approaches and ideas which can be used in their school' - Colin Parker, Headteacher of King Edward VI Aston School, Managing Schools Today

`This is an exceptionally good book that clearly brings together the author's experience as a headteacher and academic. Harry Tomlinson is an educationalist with deep insights into the personal development dimension of leadership. This is not your standard leadership book; instead it is a unique set of ideas, concepts and observations that comprehensively covers 'the how' of building leadership abilities.With twenty chapters, this is a significant resource for practitioners, leadership developers and academics' - Professor Brent Davies, International Journal Educational Management

`This book will undoubtedly help school leaders and potential leaders, acquire a basic understanding of the essential elements in understanding themselves and others in the professional context' - Times Educational Supplement


Not enough connection to class topics and the course focus for this advanced graduate level program.
Text for the course I am teaching requires a stronger "applications focus" on leadership theory and standards.

Peter Madonia
Educational Admin Dept, Southern Connecticut St Univ
March 5, 2014

The book provides a well written introduction to key elements of personal development.
But, I lack a critical attitude towards the material it presents. Fx. when it does not present to the reader the important controversies surrounding the themes/techniques that the book presents (regarding personality indexing, performance measurements, NLP-communication, at so on). Hence, the book has tendencies towards looking more like a popular self-help book than an academic introduction to professional development in leadership.

Mr Christian Lystbaek
Institute of Business and Technology, Aarhus University
July 25, 2012

A well written and well structured book. Some interesting chapters. It is a book that you can dip and out. Well recommended for leaders or aspiring leaders in education. Some excellent professional development ideas which incorporate theory in addition to practice.

Mrs Ruth Baxter
Education , Blackburn College
October 25, 2010

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