Book of the week :Educational Leadership

John Dunford

Educational Leadership: personal growth for professional development
By Harry Tomlinson
Paul Chapman pound;19.99

Books and training courses on school leadership focus on fields such as teaching and learning, leadership style, values, vision and staff development. They seldom devote much space to the personal development of the school leader. Harry Tomlinson aims to fill this gap, believing that self-understanding and self-management are important components of a leader's effectiveness.

Tomlinson, who has long experience as a teacher, headteacher, college principal, education professor and leadership trainer, has recently acquired qualifications in performance and life coaching. So it is hardly surprising that he recognises the importance of emotional intelligence in an effective leader.

His starting point is that personal effectiveness is a precondition of professional excellence. Knowledge, attitudes, skills, creativity and consciousness are, he says, the components of self-development, which need to be considered if we are to be secure in our identity and affirmative of our "self".

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John Dunford

John Dunford is a former headteacher, general secretary of the Associaiton of School and College Leaders and was pupil premium champion from September 2013 to 2015. 

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