Keys to School Leadership: A Practical Guide for Current and Aspiring School Leaders
Australian Council Educational Research (ACER)
Publication Date :
1 Jan 2011
When Phil Ridden's book School Management: A Team Approach was published in 1992, it met with critical acclaim. In it he described the evolving meaning of school leadership, promoting the notion of team leadership and exploring the implications for practice. While understandings and expectations have moved on, some of the essential principles conveyed in that influential work are yet to be adeptly applied in schools. Keys to School Leadership reviews the core concepts that are still fundamental to leadership success today through a contemporary lens, and expands on these to reveal emerging directions for school leaders. Keys to School Leadership works because it comes from a principal and an academic whose dual perspectives inform and underpin this practical, highly accessible guide. Each chapter contains 'Reflect', 'Shift the Focus', 'Make it Personal' and 'Further investigation' sections that scaffold the developing themes. Moving from leadership to influence, from individual to team, from classroom to school, and beyond, Keys to School Leadership embeds a critically reflective mindset not just for principals, but for all school-based people who lead or who aspire to lead.