1st Edition

Stand Up and Be Counted: Middle Leadership in Education Contexts

ISBN 9780367553142
Published November 27, 2020 by Routledge
128 Pages

USD $22.95

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Book Description

Stand Up and Be Counted provides middle leaders with increased knowledge, understanding and confidence in the leadership process. It examines the qualities that enable middle leaders to lead effectively and have a positive impact on the vision and culture of their school.

With clear explanations of leadership theory, chapters cover a wide range of topics such as recruitment, coaching staff, crisis management, teamwork, setting standards, dealing with inspections, and evaluating both your own and staff performance. Full of real examples of leadership situations in schools and opportunities to reflect, this book will help middle leaders to develop the habits and skills they need to be successful in their roles. This inspirational and conceptual book:

  • acknowledges the essentials of leadership and decision-making;

  • highlights how teachers become leaders, including the initial status of followership;

  • discusses the good habits and skills that teachers can adopt to prepare themselves for leadership roles;

  • identifies key concepts for middle leaders such as vision, inspiration, courage, and self-belief;

  • addresses the need to be a visionary and lead from the front: to be courageous.

Covering all aspects of leadership and using examples from various of walks of life to illuminate the role of a leader, this book will be of great interest to middle leaders across the primary and secondary sectors as well as subject leaders looking to increase their knowledge and confidence in their development.

Table of Contents

About this book  1. Beginning leading: Great leaders select themselves – or do they?  2. The boot camp of leadership: Nanson maintains that a perfectly folded sock can be a path to greatness  3. Thinking in a crisis: Panic destroys reasoned thought  4. Only the best – adopting a quality standard: The swagger stick of leadership  5. The leader as a team player: Bonding, valuing, and listening to the band  6. Setting an example – having a vision and leading from the front: Developing the courage to lead  7. The importance of planning: The cautionary tale of the Typhoon jet  8. Mark time, slow time, quick time: Time as a leadership ally  9. Becoming élite: Developing and furthering your skills: Stand still to drop dead: The need to advance your leadership skills and career  10. Leaders in context: Leadership across institutional styles  11. Swift and bold: Completing your leadership journey  Notes

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Trevor Kerry has been a teacher in primary, secondary, and further education. He worked for several innovative government-funded projects, as well as being a teacher educator, LEA senior adviser, and academic. He has written more than 30 education texts and is Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership in the University of Lincoln, UK, and Visiting Professor at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln.


"This book is a must have for every aspiring leader in education! Through his vast knowledge and experience in the field of Educational Leadership and Management Prof. Kerry suggests ways how to hone and improve on skills to do the job in a more thoughtful and reflective way."

M. Bondin, Head of school, St. Benedict College, Malta.

"Trevor's authority in leadership development shines through the style, and diversity of anecdotal evidence and narratives. The parallels between military education, and other sectors, have not been highlighted as overtly in the literature as in this volume. The book is a great addition for refreshing policies and programmes in leadership development."

Dr Terfot A. Ngwana, Leadership Academic, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, London, UK.