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Reservoirs of Hope: Sustaining Spirituality in School Leaders (Ethics)

Reservoirs of Hope: Sustaining Spirituality in School Leaders (Ethics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781443824156
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date: Nov 01, 2010
  • Edition: 1st Unabridged
  • Pages: 245 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.87 x 8.35 x 6.14 inches


This book is about hope, and how it is sustained by and in the leaders of our schools. It argues that a personal spirituality is the means of that sustaining. It evidences its outworking as spiritual and moral leadership in the face of challenging circumstances. Defining this not only in religious terms but using a concept of 'secular spirituality', it shows that leadership actions must rest on the foundation of a personal value system, demonstrated as a lived faith in action . Drawing on interviews with 150 headteachers and 40 educationists in England and Australia, it utilises the metaphor of 'reservoirs of hope' to promote practitioner reflection on the value systems, leadership styles and sustainability strategies of headteachers, as they act as the external reservoir of hope for their schools whilst ensuring that their own internal reservoir of hope never runs dry. It captures the authentic voices of serving headteachers and generates key messages regarding the importance of maintaining a vision of hope, the value of structured reflection opportunities, and the necessity for renewal through networks of mutual support. It also offers a theological reflection on the spiritual and moral leadership of headteachers, providing a bridge between educational leadership and theology.

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