An excellent introduction to the skills and behaviours readers will need to be effective leaders. Linking a range of tools and techniques throughout the book, the authors ensure that readers will become proficient in their use and the introduction to a range academic theories. This is a superb starting point for further research.
This book is not intended only for headteachers, but other kinds of leaders in school too, such as curriculum leaders. The writing style is very engaging; it's not over-chatty, but neither is it as dry as dust. What is especially refreshing is that it takes a pragmatic view of things. For instance, are you a leader or a manager? In practice, people tend to be a bit of both. The author's pragmatism may be seen in the kind of topics covered: managing budgets, managing change, managing time, teams and others.
Postgraduate courses, particularly those in education, attract students from a wide range of professions. Many of these student's are beginning to enter leadership positions but have often had little theoretical or academic guidance/experience with this. As such this book is once again a vital addition from Bob Bates as it provides a much needed 'spine' for students to flourish and develop their learning around. Highly recommended.
Students can get to grips with the concepts they need to evaluate their potential as leaders
This is very informative and easy to read. Good examples and case studies are used to inform and support the text. Diagrams are also very helpful. This is a great text to support at many levels due to its simplicity whilst also providing good depth.
For all our students who are interested in developing essential leadership skills this is an essential text introducing them to a range of texts and theories to support their reflective process. A excellent accessible introductory text.
This book is structured around some core ideas that will be useful to teachers taking up management roles. It touches on Equality and Diversity, Teams, Motivation, Human Resource Management, and Monitoring and Evaluation amongst other topics. It is written in digestible chunks for easy access of 'dipping in' to different topics too.