1st Edition

School Leaders Matter Preventing Burnout, Managing Stress, and Improving Wellbeing

By Helen Kelly Copyright 2023
    250 Pages
    by Speechmark

    250 Pages
    by Speechmark

    This book outlines practical steps that both government and schools can implement to significantly reduce the demands placed upon school leaders. It also provides highly effective tools and strategies to enable school leaders to reflect upon and improve their own wellbeing.

    Packed full of research-led approaches this book:

    • Examines school leader burnout, what causes it, how to recognise it, and how to prevent it
    • Reflects on why school leaders fail to prioritise their own needs and how this can be addressed
    • Provides a comprehensive framework for schools to support leader thriving and resilience
    • Shares effective, evidence-based coping strategies for leaders.

    This is a must-read book for all school leaders and those looking to support and improve school leader wellbeing.

    Foreword by Professor Megan Crawford;   Preface;   Introduction;   Part One: What is Causing School Leader Stress and Burnout?;   1 The Intensification of the School Leader’s Role; 2 The Emotional Demands of the School Leader’s Role;  3 Workload Demands and Other Stressors;  4 Leading Through a Crisis;  5 The Challenges of Leading an International School;  6 More About Burnout;  Part Two: Preventing Burnout, Managing Stress, and Improving Wellbeing;   7 What Governments Can Do;  8 What Schools Can Do: A Strategic Approach to Prevent School Leader Burnout;  9 What Schools Can Do: Addressing Workload;   10 What Schools Can Do: Supporting Leaders’ Mental Health and Wellbeing;  11 What Schools Can Do: Building Community;  12 What Leaders Can Do: Managing Stress;  13 What Leaders Can Do: Addressing Self -sabotage Behaviours;  14 What Leaders Can Do: Recovering from Burnout;   Conclusion


    Helen Kelly is a researcher, writer, speaker, and consultant in the field of school wellbeing. As a principal, she led international schools in Bangkok, Berlin, and Hong Kong. Prior to this she was a solicitor in the field of health and safety at work.