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12 Wonderful Books for School Leaders

April 16, 2017
Successful school leaders are those who inspire, innovate, motivate, empower and  create engaging school culture conducive to meaningful learning. They are always forward thinking and embrace change. They take initiative, explore uncharted territories and think out of the rigidly structured managerial box. Successful school leaders are people with a special mindset, a growth mindset. They have a set of distinctive characteristics that set them apart from the crowd. In this carefully selected collection, we are sharing with you some of the best books on educational and school  leadership written by renowned leadership authors in education. You will get to discover qualities and practices that make a successful school leader and learn more about how to use these practices in the daily management of your school and ‘ during the stressful times that accompany major change initiatives’.

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12 Wonderful Books for School Leaders


1- The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact , by Michael Fullan
‘Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the best-known leadership authors in education, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He shows systematically how the principal's role should change, demonstrating how it can be done in short order, at scale.’

2- The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, by George Couros 
‘In THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to become forward-thinking leaders.’

3- Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times 1st Edition, by Eric C. Sheninger
‘Digital leadership is a strategic mindset and set of behaviors that leverages resources to create a meaningful, transparent, and engaging school culture. It takes into account recent changes such as ubiquitous connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to dramatically shift how schools have been run and structured for over a century.  Leading in education becomes exponentially powerful when using technology to your advantage.’

4- What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most, by Todd Whitaker
‘Inspire yourself and others with the second edition of this best-selling book. With heartfelt advice, practical wisdom, and examples from the field, Todd Whitaker explains the qualities and practices that distinguish great principals’

5 The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence, by Baruti K. Kafele
‘"Why do I lead?" With this deceptively simple question, best-selling author Baruti K. Kafele begins a powerful examination of what it takes to make a school community achieve the greatest success in the classroom and beyond.’

6- Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, by Tony Wagner
‘Harvard education expert Tony Wagner explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators.’

7- Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools, by Joel Klein
‘In this revealing and provocative memoir, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city’s dramatic campaign to improve public education and an inspiring blueprint for national reform.’

8- School Leadership That Works: From Research to Results, by Robert J. Marzano  (Author), Timothy Waters (Author), Brian A. McNulty (Author)
‘What does research tell us about the effects of school leadership on student achievement? What specific leadership practices make a real difference in school effectiveness? How should school leaders use these practices in their day-to-day management of schools and during the stressful times that accompany major change initiatives? Robert J. Marzano, Timothy Waters, and Brian A. McNulty provide answers to these and other questions in School Leadership That Works.’

9- Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools, by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo  (Author), Doug Lemov (Foreword), Brett Peiser (Contributor)
‘Paul Bambrick-Santoyo (Managing Director of Uncommon Schools) shows leaders how they can raise their schools to greatness by following a core set of principles. These seven principles, or "levers," allow for consistent, transformational, and replicable growth.’

10- A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink
‘Drawing on research from around the world, Pink ( outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.’

11- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek
‘START WITH WHY shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way -- and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with WHY.’

12- The Servant Leader: How to Build a Creative Team, Develop Great Morale, and Improve Bottom-Line Performance, by James A. Autry 
‘Bestselling author and former Fortune 500 executive James A. Autry reveals the servant leader’s tools, a set of skills and ideals that will transform the way business is done. It helps leaders nurture the needs and goals of those who look to them for leadership.’