Reviews of The Middle Leader's Handbook
"This is without
question the best single volume on middle leadership in schools.
There can be no doubt that if you commit to working though this book,
packed with a lifetime of experience and anecdote, you will
accelerate your career path (if this is part of your plan), as well
as gain insight into your own life journey, as this book helps to
clarify thinking about personal motivation on the path to being an
authentic human being and leader."
"James and Caroline have
left no stone unturned in this comprehensive and insightful handbook:
a must-read not only for all middle leaders, but for Headteachers
too. Written in a convivial, easy-to-read style, it is firmly rooted
in professional experience and packed full of WISDOM (what I shall do
'The Middle Leaders' Handbook
is an essential source of guidance and reference for aspiring and
recently appointed middle leaders. Drawing on their extensive
experience the authors take the reader through a comprehensive
analysis of these roles offering helpful hints and advice coupled
with a set of thought provoking tasks and self-evaluation tools.
"A real and practical
roadmap for the aspiring or new HoD. No excuses not to read it an
inspirational chapter per month will work for even the most
"In schools, we need
positive voices, and people who see the positive, like James and
Caroline. They have written this book to say, "This is what
leadership actually looks like in your context, for a person just
like you." here is a map, a compass, and a TripAdvisor piece of
advice for each stop on the way. Just thinking about their clear
structures and behaviours will make you a much better leader, even if
in some instances you will choose to disagree (because we are all
playing the game of "Who is Right"). But the great thing
about this book is that your leadership will oftener be righter than wronger."
"Ashmore and Clay offer
the most comprehensive guide to Middle Level Leadership that I have
ever seen. Taking the reader on a journey from early aspirations,
through to the nuts and bolts of the job. All of the essentials for
effective Middle Level Leadership are covered and clearly explained.
Furthermore, the book teaches advanced management skills, whilst
continuously promoting the individual style and vision of the leader.
An enjoyable read and an essential guide for anyone wishing to make a
success of this key role".
"Refreshingly down to
earth, dealing with the big important challenges to face middle
leaders but without any of the management speak that can make readers
feel inadequate. Middle leaders are the 'spinal column' of the body
of a school and their impact increasingly subject to inspection
scrutiny. This book provides timely self-help support".