Building pathways: how to develop the next generation of transformational school leaders
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Chris Bierly and Eileen Shy

Suggesting that most school systems fail to methodically develop talented educators into prospective leaders, this report offers a blueprint for developing significantly more transformational school leaders and, through their efforts, creating a far greater number of extraordinary schools.

The authors argue that most school systems do not cultivate an active pipeline of well-trained candidates with the skills needed to transform schools. Most leading public and private organizations do things very differently: prioritizing leadership development and succession planning as two of the most critical human resource functions.

Transformational school leadership requires an extraordinary combination of skills that can only be developed through on-the-job experience, high-quality training and day-to-day mentorship. It also requires the right mindset. This repot suggests that school systems can begin cultivate effective leaders by taking steps to identify, encourage and develop teachers from within their own schools.  

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Chris Bierly and Eileen Shy

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Bain and Company

Date of publication:
December 2013

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Providing a roadmap for identifying, supporting and developing school leaders, this report will make for useful reading for policy makers and head teachers. 


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