Top 5 Short Reads for Educational Leaders

You Should Read This Top 5 Short Reads for Educational Leaders We all know that teachers and principals are constantly pressed for time. We also know that a 300 or 400 page tome on leadership such as Jim Collins ‘Good to Great’ may not make everyone’s nightstand. The allocation of teacher work time is one…

Top 5 books for aspiring educational leaders

Top 5 books for aspiring educational leaders Who can resist a top 5 list? Well certainly not me. Here’s a top 5 list of books for aspiring leaders in education. If you are at the stage of your teaching career, where you are considering applying for responsibility positions or leadership positions, there are far worse…

You should read this if you want to see how Obama built an election winning team

Game Change* John Heilemann and Mark Halperin Halperin and Heileman’s definitive account charting the course of the historical 2008 US Presidential election campaign may seem like an odd choice to include on an educational leaders reading list. However, the lessons from the candidates, their teams and their strategies are highly relevant to educational leaders. Many…

You should read this if you want to lead in a civilised workplace

The No Asshole Rule – ‘Building a civilized workplace and surviving one that isn’t’ Robert L Sutton The No Asshole Rule is an outstanding read and a must for anyone looking to improve the culture of their schools and staffrooms. Perhaps the subheading best sums up the nature of this book, ‘Building a civilized workplace…

You should read this if you want to lead but don’t have a title

Seth Godin Tribes True leaders don’t need a title, and true leaders don’t wait to be asked to lead are just two of the key messages which shine through in ‘Tribes’ by Seth Godin. Seth Godin is a force of nature. Author, blogger, marketer, theorist, entrepreneur, ideas man… the list goes on. ‘Tribes’ is one…

You should read this if you want to make a lasting impression

Made to Stick Chip and Dan Heath Have you ever struggled to make your ideas stick? Have you ever taught your students concepts which they have promptly forgotten? Watched your staff nod in agreement during a meeting, only to watch them continue to act and behave the same old way? Well, help is at hand…

You should read this if you want to fix your meetings

Patrick Lencioni Death by Meeting If you work in a school that has an outstanding culture of collegiality, sharing and team planning; where everyone enjoys and adds value to their meetings, then you can probably skip reading this book. For most of us though, the reality is that a couple of nights a week we…

You should read this if you want to learn the basics of human leadership

The Secret – What great leaders know and do Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller’s “The Secret – What Great Leaders know and do” (not to be confused with culty self-help book The Secret) is a great little read for aspiring leaders. The book focuses on developing human leadership, and takes…