Seven strong claims about successful leadership

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Author: Leithwood, Kenneth; Day, Christopher; Sammons, Pam; Harris, Alma; Hopkins, David
Subject: Leading schools
Audience: Headteachers, Middle leaders and aspiring headteachers
File format and size: PDF, 637 Kb

What makes a great leader? Ask 100 people and you'll probably get 100 different answers. To narrow it down, what makes a successful school leader? What do they do? And how do they do it? This fascinating summary sets about finding out.

Of course, there are still no easy answers. Experts in the field have been debating the topic for years, with countless studies being undertaken. This summary reviews seven of the strongest claims made.

Some are well-established and self-evident, some are startling and new, but they have all been backed up by evidence and provide a new way to think about your own leadership. Focusing on everything from leadership practices to the personal traits exhibited by good leaders, it provides a treasure trove of ideas and theories.

This is an invaluable starting point for any study of leadership, because thinking about what makes a successful school leader is your first step to becoming one.