The Wisdom of Heads

The Wisdom of Heads : Short Advice for School Leaders

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This book isn't a 'how to' of school leadership. It's a 'how do'.

How do this sample of school leaders approach Headship, and what have they learnt along the way?

This book was never meant to be published. In fact, it originally started as my own private guide to leadership. I kept a notebook of the 'wise words' I heard in meetings, at conferences or in conversations. As I rose up the leadership ranks, I started to share a few of the comments with colleagues and in blogs: "a wise person once said to me...". The positive response to those comments became the genesis for this book.

The counsel of various 'wise heads' has saved me years of wasted effort and frustration. I hope it can do the same for you.


Routines & Rituals

Leaders Are Effective If...

Newbie Mistakes

Lessons Learned

Myths, Fallacies & Fads

Work-Life Balance

Go To Interview Questions

Quotes To Lead By

Interesting Anecdotes & Stories


Books To Read

Don't Be A Hero

Don't Chase (False) Legacies

School Leaders: What Type Are You?

Final Words


"A great companion to anyone's leadership journey. Dip in and dip out as the mood takes you for some quick snippets of wisdom."

"Short, snappy, impactful."

"Covers the full range of leadership. The highs, the lows, the stresses and the moments of joy."

"Provokes thought and offers practical advice; a rare combination"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 8mm | 150g
  • English
  • 1838136118
  • 9781838136116

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