I thought I would start with a bit of an introduction about myself which is the first part of the book.
Having recently retired after almost fifty years in the education sector, I have had time to reflect on the huge variety of experiences over those years, and the joys, trials, and tribulations involved in educational leadership.
In my view, there could be few careers that give as much satisfaction, challenge, delight, and the opportunity to affect the lives of thousands of young people.
From the outset, I am not writing this as one who thinks that he knows all the answers, or is in any way perfect. However, I am mindful that I have been privileged to have been given an unusual variety of opportunities as an educational leader. I feel that some of these experiences might be shared so that others may be more inclined, and maybe better prepared, to tackle the challenge of Leadership in schools.
One question asked by many (lay people; students; even teachers) is: “What does a Principal actually do”? This is a little disconcerting, but in fact it is not until you are actually sitting in the ’hot seat’ that one learns the reality of the multifarious tasks that arise.
My hope is that this discourse may give teachers and aspiring leaders some assistance, and perhaps a few words of wisdom, toward making the transition to the ultimate level of school leadership.
I have included a Chapter on ‘Personal Reflections’ to portray some of the positive ‘extras’ offered by a career in teaching. The opportunities for international experiences; endorphin release through observing achievements and growth of students and staff; and the chances of multicultural interrelationships; all help to make a career in education hard to beat.
The rewards are immense, the challenges incessant.
Steven Covey, in his excellent book ‘The Eighth Habit’ coined the following words of wisdom:
LIFE IS SHORT:
LIVE LOVE LEAVE A LEGACY
A CAREER IN EDUCATION CERTAINLY PROVIDES A MULTITUDE OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DO ALL THREE OF THE ABOVE