BOOK REVIEW: 8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders

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Would you be interested in learning from the experience of successful school leaders with a proven track record? Would you put aside time to read a book exploring headship issues that is well-written and easy to read?

Would you be interested in learning from the experience of successful school leaders with a proven track record? Would you put aside time to read a book exploring headship issues that is well-written and easy to read?

If the answer is yes then you could do a lot worse than ordering yourself a copy of Jeremy Sutcliffe’s 8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders. The idea behind this book was to ask a number of experienced and successful school leaders what, if they were marooned on a desert island with a school full of children, would be the eight most desirable qualities that you would take to help you run your school successfully.

As a headteacher of 10 years’ experience, I would not disagree with any of the eight qualities that the book identifies. While I will not be a “spoiler” by revealing these qualities, each one has a chapter in the book and it makes for very interesting reading.

I am an avid holiday reader, devouring a dozen novels during my summer holidays, but during term time I struggle to stay awake after 10pm so my bedtime reading is limited. What I liked about this book is that it was easy to read in bite-sized chunks, even 10 minutes at a time was useful as I didn’t lose the coherence of the whole.

I would recommend this book to heads but I would suggest that before you open it, reflect for a few moments about what eight qualities you would choose as the most essential.

For me, I hope you would agree with former headteacher, Nigel Richardson, who has as his number one quality “Liking young people”. He tells us to like the young people we work with and to show them that we do – it might sound obvious, but I have often met headteachers and doubted whether they liked children at all! Review: Tom Donohoe

8 Qualities of Successful School Leaders

By Jeremy Sutcliffe

£16.99

ISBN: 9781441197504 (www.bloomsbury.com)


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