Be More Toddler: A leadership education from our little learners
The narrative around leadership needs to change. After reading scores of leadership books in an attempt to find a voice which resonated, Emma Turner realised that the bulk of leadership advice out there did not take into account balancing parenting with working in a leadership post. Inspired by the smallest of research subjects, Emma shares a practical, humorous and unique perspective on leadership by looking at it through the eyes of toddlers, illustrating real examples of what works, as well as reassurance that leadership is extremely do-able for many of us. This refreshing insight into leadership thinking and strategies aims to demystify leadership behaviour, encouraging us all to take the leap and ‘Be More Toddler’.
About the author
Emma grew up in Leicestershire and attended Liverpool John Moores University where she studied Science Education. She has taught in schools across the county and has been a Local Authority Lead teacher. In 2002, she became a consultant for the National Numeracy Strategy, supporting numerous schools. In 2004 she joined The Latimer Primary school where she spent the next 13 years, initially as a classroom teacher, moving on to become assistant head, then deputy head and finally forming one of the UK’s first all-female co-headships which ran for eight years, and where Emma wrote and delivered training for staff at all levels across the county, as well as complete induction programmes for NQTs through her work with Affinity Teaching School Alliance. After 20 years in primary teaching, Emma left to join Discovery Schools Academy Trust where she is currently their Research and CPD lead, devising and writing training for staff at all career stages, but specialising in CPD for early career teachers. She is the founder of ‘NewEd – Joyful CPD for early career teachers’, a not-for-profit approach to CPD to encourage positivity amongst the profession and help to retain teachers in post.
She is a columnist at the TES, an ambassador for the The Gender Equality Collective, and a member of the WomenEd community, regularly presenting at events and writing contributions. Emma is an advocate of balance in leadership and family life and she regularly speaks at events across the country on how part-time leadership and flexible working can be a hugely successful model in organisations. She is also the self titled ‘Chaos Coordinator’ of her home in Leicestershire where she lives with her infinitely patient husband Tom and their three young children.
|No of pages||142|
|Publication Date||18 Dec 2019|
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Price Value QualityI bought this book after being amused by its title. I can honestly say of all the teaching/education books I have read in the last year, this one has made me think the most. It has made me realise how much of my perception on leadership is based on a perhaps out-dated view - and reflects the personalities of the long serving leaders in my school. It has helped me to start to see how leadership is part of the job I already do, and perhaps recognise that I and other (female) colleagues have more skills that I could offer in a titled leadership role in the future. It also offers hope to those of us who currently work part time and juggle other responsibilities outside of our classroom persona, that perhaps flexible solutions are possible, and out there! This book is very much a "people centred" approach, it links amusing anecdotes, with key ideals and gives you questions to reflect on after the main points. I would recommend it for anyone who works with people in education... and probably beyond!