Book: How to Lead

How to Lead

The second edition of Leadership for Learning


Buy the book:

Paperback: AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE (US only)

eBook: KINDLE | iBOOK | KOBO | NOOK (US only)



Read extracts:

Read an edited extract from Chapter One

Read an edited extract from Chapter Two 

Read an edited extract from Chapter Three 

Read the blurb (from Amazon):


“Outstanding. Five Stars.” | “Great. Five Stars.” | “Very well written.” | “Sensible, pragmatic guidance on how schools can become successful. Leaders in schools up and down the country will refer to this book as a handbook for success.” | “Readable and engaging. It manages to draw you in almost immediately and you find yourself reading on and on,” | “A one-stop shop for senior leaders. It is practical, hands-on, and written in a fluent, friendly style which makes it easy and enjoyable to read.” | “It makes sense of what is a difficult and complex job and cuts through some complex ideas and issues and makes them accessible.”


Countless books have been written on the subject of school leadership: some claim to know the philosophy of school leadership; others promise to share the secret of school leadership. Many of these books have value; they contain nuggets of useful information based on detailed research. But most are theoretical; they are not practical. Once read, they are rarely again consulted. As good as they are, school leaders do not turn to them when they need ideas or inspiration.

‘How to Lead: The second edition of Leadership for Learning’ is different; it is a practical handbook for busy senior leaders, a book of ideas which can be put into immediate practice and which can be dipped into when help and advice are needed most.

Its author is different, too: he is not a university professor writing an academic research paper on leadership theory; he is an experienced senior leader who’s worked in a range of schools and colleges – as well as in leadership roles in the private sector. He has been an assistant headteacher, a deputy headteacher, a headteacher, and a director of education. He has, at one time or another, managed every aspect of a school. He has managed the process of school improvement and self-evaluation, the curriculum and timetable, teaching, learning and assessment, pastoral care, administration, finance and the site.

He has helped schools and colleges on the journey towards ‘outstanding’: one school became a beacon of good practice in teaching and learning; another became the highest achieving comprehensive school in its authority and one of the top five most improved schools in the country.

Throughout his leadership career, he’s seen examples of good and bad practice and has learnt valuable lessons from each. This book is his means of sharing his lessons in leadership…


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