© 2018

The Nature of School Leadership

Global Practice Perspectives


Part of the Intercultural Studies in Education book series (ISE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Paul W. Miller
    Pages 59-77
  3. Paul W. Miller
    Pages 79-96
  4. Paul W. Miller
    Pages 121-142
  5. Paul W. Miller
    Pages 143-163
  6. Paul W. Miller
    Pages 165-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 187-211

About this book


This book explores school leadership through a cross-cultural comparative lens, drawing on data from 16 countries located on five continents. The book gives a voice to both primary and secondary school principals, who discuss the nature of their work and explain their understanding of school leadership, strategies used to support their leadership, and how they 'do leadership' in a time of unprecedented change. The book highlights a number of important elements in school leadership:  that it is personal and internally-motivated; change oriented and entrepreneurial; dependent on the qualities and motivations of school teachers; dependent on environmental factors related to economy, geography, political stability; heavily influenced by policies within and outside the field of education; and dependent on partnerships within and outside education. The book provides an authoritative cross-cultural account of what school leaders regard as school leadership. It will be essential reading for students, researchers and policy-makers in the fields of educational leadership and management, in particular those with an interest in comparative and international research, school leadership, and education policy.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Professional DevelopmentUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Paul Miller is Professor of Educational Leadership and Management in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is also President of the Institute for Educational Administration and Leadership in Jamaica (IEAL-J), a registered educational charity.  

Bibliographic information


“The book provided me with evidence from different parts of the globe and highlighted universal vs. particular views of school leadership. … I had a feeling that many of the topics raised by the author are well-documented in the scholarship of educational administration and leadership.” (Izhar Oplatka, Educational Review, Vol. 71 (5), 2019)

“There is a strong sense that this book includes ‘other voices’. That is voices from outside the developed English speaking world. It will be of particular relevance to students, scholars and policymakers interested in international or comparative studies in educational leadership and management. … There are few books that inspire an intense cover-to-cover read: the layout, organisation, global focus and generous inclusion of ‘other voices’ make this text one of them.” (Azumah Dennis, Management in Education, October, 2018)