Understanding Leadership

Challenges and reflections

By: Libby Nicholas , John West-Burnham


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Size: 234x156mm

Pages : 240

ISBN : 9781785833342

Format: Paperback

Published: April 2018


Understanding Leadership enables school leaders to reflect on, question, test, understand and refine their personal mindscapes through reflective self-awareness.

Are current leadership roles and relationships appropriate in a rapidly changing world? Do we need to rethink key assumptions about leaders and leadership? Are you confident about the appropriateness and effectiveness of your chosen leadership styles and behaviours? These are questions facing leaders today and Understanding Leadership by Libby Nicholas and John West-Burnham can help find the answers, with an approach that is neither normative nor prescriptive but rather exploratory and developmental.

The eight chapters are underpinned by the following themes, questions and points of reflection: Creating a preferred future – leading change; Leadership as a moral activity; Learning as the core purpose of school leadership; Leading through collaboration and cooperation; Building capacity – sharing leadership; Leading through relationships; Leadership and personal resilience; and Why leadership? 

There is also a hardback edition available, ISBN 9781785830266.


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Libby Nicholas

Libby Nicholas is Chief Executive of the Reach4 Academy Trust. She was previously Regional Director ' South and West for the Academies Enterprise Trust. She has wide experience of headship and senior leadership in the independent and maintained sectors and across the full age range of schools.


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John West-Burnham



John West-Burnham is an independent writer, teacher and consultant in education leadership. John is the author, co-author or editor of many books including Rethinking Educational Leadership and Understanding Leadership and he has worked in 27 countries. He is a director of three academy trusts and a trustee of two educational charities. John is Honorary Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Worcester.

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