Often times we assume that leaders are tasked on management and that managerial function is endemic of leadership role. Another assumption holds that managers possess some leadership traits, as with the ability to influence their subjects to achieving a collective end. In either case, it is difficult to draw the border between leadership and management. However, the knowledge of the interplay of leadership and management will help key players in the field of education, as well as those from numerous other fields to possess a mastery of both to a successful administrative advantage. This is what Theories of Educational Leadership and Management does for the reader.
The author has based his statements on organizational models, such that it does not hinge on mere opinions that hold no water. The book projects both factual and practical approach to the study of leadership and management, especially as it concerns the educational system. The author with this edition plunges the reader into “re-education” on the concept of leadership and management in education in contemporary times. He wakes both leaders and potential leaders to consciousness of the practice and praxis of managerial leadership by presenting educational leadership and management as separate concepts and then marrying them to unity under a common roof of practice.
The text is a rare blend of education, information, and entertainment. The author’s easy-to-read manner of writing, coupled with case studies provided makes for clarity of points that the layman on the street can pick to read for his or her self development in the all-men coveted leadership place. Even at that, it is still an invaluable resource for academics and professionals. The language flow keeps you reading, just as the arrangement of the text induces eagerness to know what the next model holds different from the other.
Bush, being a pragmatist draws practical examples from global scenes rather than the usual adoption of a “one size fits all” approach in his theorizing. He views diverse cultural settings with their peculiar educational contexts in this well-researched edition, occasioning a modification of book title from “Theories of Educational Management” of the two previous editions to “Theories of Educational Leadership and Management” in this edition.
This is all to educational leadership and management! There’s nothing here you couldn’t have learned by reading the work of Tony Bush. This text is a must-read for students pursuing a career in the field of educational management and administration and all key players in the field of education, teachers, educational consultants and principals.
Title: Theories of Educational Leadership and Management
Edition: Third edition
Author: Tony Bush
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Year of publication: October 8, 2003