Sustaining Depth and Meaning in School Leadership: Keeping Your Head

1st Edition

Emil Jackson, Andrea Berkeley

June 22, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 376 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367859411 - CAT# 343029
Series: Tavistock Clinic Series

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Sustaining Depth and Meaning in School Leadership: Keeping Your Head concerns the emotional and psychological experience of school leadership - in particular, the felt experience of life as a headteacher. It describes the pressures and rewards of their roles, together with some of the ways that school leaders successfully sustain and develop themselves and their teams in what has become an increasingly complex, challenging, and highly accountable role.

This book explores the personal experience of leading schools. Section one provides an overview and analysis of current and historical trends in school leadership, and offers some theoretical frameworks for making sense of these. Section two then offers psychodynamic approaches to supporting and developing school leaders and the impact that trends in executive education continue to have on this. Section three looks at approaches to school leadership development more generally, including team development; influences from the business world; the growth of mentoring and coaching as a leadership intervention; the design and evaluation of leadership development programs and a case study on whole-system development. The last word is given to ten serving headteachers and deputies and their leadership journeys. This range of chapters, concepts and perspectives will support school leaders to maintain an emotional equilibrium while navigating the multi-layered tightrope of intra-psychic, interpersonal and organisational dynamics inherent in school life.

Rooted in Jackson and Berkeley’s belief that school leaders are likely to be at their best when they find their own unique and authentic way of taking up their leadership role, this book is an accessible, supportive and developmental contribution for all those involved in education leadership.


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