John West-Burnham

Educational Leadership Development

Leadership Dialogues:Stimulating conversations to support leadership

By John West-Burnham and Dave Harris

This book is based on two basic assumptions. Firstly, dialogue, conversation, reflection and challenge are fundamental aspects of effective learning and developing personal understanding. Secondly school leaders do not have sufficient time to engage in these activities – they are always the first casualties.
Designed to provide stimulus materials for school leaders to support their personal development, Leadership Dialogues encourages personal reflection, dialogue with a coach or mentor and conversations in leadership teams. It includes short think pieces, case studies, diagnostic reviews, selected quotations on a particular theme and questions for discussion and reflection.

  • The changing context of education / strategic thinking
  • Alternative perspectives – international comparisons
  • Understanding effective leadership
  • Getting management right – making schools work
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing staff capacity
  • Performance and accountability
  • Working collaboratively
  • Engaging with the community
  • Personal resilience and sustainability

The book is a valuable and practical resource for leadership teams. Much of the content is included on a free CD of printable resources

Dave Harris is a recently retired head with 12 years’ experience, having formed two renowned and innovative schools turning theory into practice, in collaboration with sponsors, staff, students and the wider community challenging many of the ‘rules of education’ along the way.

If you would like to find out more about booking a workshop or to book John or Dave to come to your school or event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (December 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 9781845909062

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