1st Edition

Teach Like a Queen Lessons in Leadership from Great Contemporary Women

By Tracey Leese, Christopher Barker Copyright 2022
    112 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    112 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teach Like a Queen explores teacher leadership like never before...

    This exciting and unique text brings together leadership theory, popular culture and action research to inspire and empower female teachers into leadership roles. Teach Like a Queen celebrates the successes of iconic women and translates their respective brilliance into becoming successful, dynamic and high-performing practitioners and educational leaders.

    Focusing on seven key inspirational women as archetypes, the authors address emerging professional issues which will benefit classroom practitioners and leaders, each correlating to a different Nolan principle and inspirational queen. Inspired by the incredible work of WomenEd, including a Foreword from Vivienne Porritt, each lesson features:

    • a constructed definition of each respective icon and how that translates into the teaching profession;
    • a case study exploring how a female school leader experienced her own Queen moment and the leadership lesson it taught her;
    • key lessons for aspiring leaders; and
    • takeaway actions to channel your inner queen.

    Illustrating how a diverse cross-section of women personify the leadership strength of their assigned principle in practice, Teach Like a Queen will empower female teachers to aspire to lead and equip them with practical strategies to secure and fulfil leadership roles.

    Foreword Vivienne Porritt of #WomenEd, Preface: (Ladies and) the Lake, Introduction: The Nolans in Principle and Practice, Chapter 1. Queen I and Openness: Michelle Obama, Chapter 2. Queen II and Honesty: RuPaul, Chapter 3. Queen III and Objectivity: Meghan Markle, Chapter 4. Queen IV and Selflessness: Lady Gaga, Chapter 5. Queen V and Integrity: Jacinda Ardern, Chapter 6. Queen VI and Accountability: Kim Kardashian-West, Chapter 7. Queen VII and Leadership: Malala, Chapter 8. Happily, Ever After, Afterword


    Tracey Leese is an English and literacy specialist, senior leader, ECF Facilitator, parent governor and mother of two. Tracey is a proud feminist who is passionate about fighting for more recognition for women – especially in the workplace.

    Christopher Barker is an esteemed mathematician, teacher and leader. Christopher is also an amateur performer in award-winning musical productions and fitness aficionado with a love of the arts and powerful women.

    "Teach Like a Queen is an essential read for women in education, and for all school leaders who want to support their female colleagues to reach their potential. It’s funny, insightful and all about empowering women. Who wouldn’t want Michelle Obama in your classrooms?"

    Vivienne Porritt, OBE, Strategic Leader of #WomenEd, Vice President of Chartered College of Education

    "Cleverly using as its template a series of highly respected women in the public eye, this book offers powerful lessons for aspiring and current school leaders. From Jacinda Ardern to Michelle Obama, the inspiring lessons for leaders are wide-ranging and offer plenty of food for thought. Can you model the attitudes and attributes of these powerful women to give you the confidence and skills to pursue a leadership role? Can you put the lessons from the case studies into action to create change in your school? Read this book to find out how.

    Teach Like a Queen offers a series of practical lessons for prospective school leaders, based around the life stories of a series of powerful and widely respected women. With case studies to show the application of the ideas on the ground, this book is full of practical strategies to help teachers secure and fulfil a leadership role. The book is a 'must read' for any teacher aspiring to school leadership and especially for female colleagues."

    Sue Cowley, Author of over 30 books for teachers, including the international bestseller Getting the Buggers to Behave