This Easter, I’m publishing a book. My first/last/only? Who knows…
It’s almost exactly 12 months ago since I first spoke to Alex Sharatt of John Catt Educational about writing a book. Since then, I’ve been engaged in the most interesting, tortuous and self-conscious process of my life.
After a year of writing through the late evenings, early mornings, weekends and holidays, I sent almost 100,000 words to the publisher last week. Apparently by May 2018, Wholesome Leadership will be in print.
It feels a bit odd. Writing a book has been both exciting and nerve wracking, at least for me. And having invested a year writing, I’d love for people to read it!
‘Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.’
The premise of Wholesome Leadership is simple: that we need more good people to become (and remain) school leaders. My one hope for the book is that it will be helpful in the daily lives of those who take on responsibility for leading and managing a school.
But school leadership is complex and the challenges in education cannot be overcome through quick-fixes or over-simplified answers. So to organise the many threads of leadership, I have developed the ‘H4 Leadership Model’ to represent the Heart, Head, Hands & Health of school leaders. Each of these four domains is important; to neglect one is to neglect the whole.
Within Wholesome Leadership, three chapters are devoted to each of these areas. Every chapter contains a discussion of some of the challenges from my own experience alongside research, advice and suggestions as well as a guest contributor.
“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”
Having decided to write about a breadth of issues, I quickly realised that I would need to bring in some expert help on different subjects. And so within the book, I am delighted to include 14 expert interviews with some of my educational heroes – some who I have been privileged to work with, others who I have been influenced and inspired by.
This image is taken from the contents page which shows the 3 different chapters in each of the 4 domains within Wholesome Leadership. It also shows the interviewees on the right hand side.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll preview each of the chapters with an overview of the main thrust and a snippet of an interview.
Wholesome Leadership is now on sale for pre-order and will be published around the 22nd of May 2018. You can read some of the early reviews or find out how to order here – www.wholesomeleadershipbook.com