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Max Coates' erudite but immensely readable book on leadership is unlike any other. Max, with humanity, explores the destructive nature of stress and shows us how failure to understand its genesis will wreak havoc on the life of a leader - both professionally and personally.


This is a personal take on leadership; yet it is also packed with masses of scholarly references to prompt further reading and research for the curious reader. Anyone who leads, or who aspires to lead, will gain a huge amount from what amounts to a lifetime's wisdom, reflection and advice compressed into this one book.

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Max Coates' erudite but immensely readable book on leadership is unlike any other. Max, with humanity, explores the destructive nature of stress and shows us how failure to understand its genesis will wreak havoc on the life of a leader - both professionally and personally.

This is a personal take on leadership; yet it is also packed with masses of scholarly references to prompt further reading and research for the curious reader. Anyone who leads, or who aspires to lead, will gain a huge amount from what amounts to a lifetime's wisdom, reflection and advice compressed into this one book.

About the author

Dr Max Coates has worked for 15 years for the Institute of Education, now part of University College London. During this time, he has lectured on leadership, coaching and team development. A significant part of his work has been undertaken in a wide variety of countries which have included; Colombia, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan and the Netherlands. He is also a doctoral supervisor for the University of Buckingham.

Max has published a number of books including: Personalising Learning, The Constant Leader, and Shaping a New Educational Landscape. Additionally, he has contributed to other publications including research into pupil underachievement, place and belonging and most recently into the emerging role of Chief Executive Officers of Multi-Academy Trusts. In all his work, he never lost his connection with the challenges facing leaders that came through 14 years as a secondary headteacher. He is married to Sally, a practice sister specialising in respiratory disease. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

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It’s Doing My Head In is a must-read for school leaders and aspirers. It is an explosion of theories and models of how harrowed humans cope with the vagaries of educational leadership. When the dust settles, one is captivated by personal stories showing how the theories play out in practice. There is a forensic examination of ways to deal with difficulties, and acknowledgement of the mysteries of Machiavellian minds. Analysis shows the importance of grasping the multi-cultures in which leaders function and the creative ways of bringing mental equilibrium. School problems are the tart of lemons but honey (strategy) adds an antidote for sweet solutions. If you are wanting to understand school communities and how to manage them, through increased self-awareness, consult this book. There is much to reflect upon to enrich knowledge and expertise. Max writes vividly, powerfully and pleasurably.
Dr Rosemary Sage, Professor of Doctoral Study School of Education, University of Buckingham

Thoroughly recommended. Anyone who leads, or who aspires to lead, will gain a huge amount from what amounts to a lifetime’s wisdom, reflection and advice compressed into this one book.
Guy Holloway, Headmaster, Hampton Court House

I could hear the yells as I walked down the corridor. Some minutes later, the headteacher emerged from her office to greet me. ‘A parent,’ she said philosophically. ‘She’s having a bad hair day. It can be tough living around here.’ Max Coates would have warmed to her resilience, humour and empathy. In his highly readable book, It’s Doing My Head In, he not only presents a refreshing perspective on the trials and rewards of leadership but also – and perhaps even more importantly – offers an analysis that encourages serving and aspiring leaders to come to grips with just what they can do to get in shape for leadership.
Kathryn Riley, Professor of Urban Education, UCL Institute of Education

 

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Author Dr Max Coates
ISBN 9781911382553
No of pages 202
Format Paperback
Publication Date 23 Feb 2018

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