Imperfect Leadership in Action

A practical book for school leaders who know they don’t know it all

By: Steve Munby , Marie-Claire Bretherton


Published: April 2022

Size: 222 x 182mm

ISBN : 9781785836015

Format: Paperback

Pages : 200 (est)

Availability: Forthcoming

Filled with engaging exercises and insightful case studies, this fieldbook is designed to help leaders pursue imperfect leadership as something to be celebrated and as a foundation for success.

Foreword by Andy Hargreaves.

In his first book, Imperfect Leadership: A book for leaders who know they don’t know it all, Steve Munby uses the word ‘imperfect’ to describe his own leadership style. This is not something he apologises for; he feels imperfect leadership should be celebrated. Too often we are given examples of leaders who are put on some kind of pedestal, lauded as superheroes who have it all worked out and are so good at what they do that nobody else can come close. But imperfect leadership is the antidote to this flawed perception.

Now, in Imperfect Leadership in Action, Steve has teamed up with Marie-Claire Bretherton to delve in more detail into a broad range of themes under the umbrella of imperfect leadership. The authors explore the approach’s key principles and share a variety of inspiring case studies which give voice to a wide range of experiences from across the education sector.

The central message of this book is that we can all learn to be better leaders if we use our imperfections as a springboard for our leadership development by investing in self-reflection, asking for help, focusing on building teams, and continually learning.

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Steve Munby

Steve Munby has spent his whole career in education, first as a teacher and then as an adviser and inspector before moving into leadership. Between 2005 and 2017 he was chief executive first of the National College for School Leadership in England and then of Education Development Trust, an international education charity. He is now a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform.

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Marie-Claire Bretherton

Marie-Claire Bretherton trained as a teacher before becoming a head teacher in Lincolnshire, where she led three very different schools to secure improved outcomes for pupils, including in the most challenging of circumstances. She is now Director of School Improvement for Anthem Schools Trust in England, as well as the Education Director for KYRA – a community for teaching, leadership, research and school improvement partnerships.


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