What makes a great school leader? Contrary to what many believe, the answer is not tied to a certain kind of personality, but to specific behaviours and actions that have positive effects on student achievement – behaviours and actions that any school leader can learn and put into practice. Over the last decade, thousands of school principals have done just that, by implementing balanced leadership, an approach that recognises the need to both maintain and challenge the states quo in order to move schools forward.
Building on the analysis that was first reported in School Leadership That Works, this book identifies the 21 responsibilities associated with student achievement and shows how they relate to three key elements of effective leadership:
For each of these areas, key points and specific practices are described in detail and illustrated with stories from school principals who have successfully learned how to be great leaders. Step-by-step tools provide clear guidance for readers who are ready to make the same kind of journey – one with the potential to transform them and the schools they serve.