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We were honoured that Prof. Dr. Tony Bush from The Nottingham University, UK wrote the foreword of the book.
I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide a foreword for this important new book on
leadership development. The significance of specific preparation and development for school
principals, and other leaders, is increasingly recognized and Malaysia makes a valuable
contribution to this process through the work of the Institut Aminuddin Baki, the National
Institute of Educational Leadership and Management, where both authors are employed.
Suzana Abd Latif and Sazali Yusoff have produced an engaging text which connects ideas on
school leadership to notions of leadership development, drawing on a wide range of
international research and literature. The book is intended as a reference point for scholars,
educational leaders and practitioners and is likely to be particularly helpful for the latter
groups. The authors make the important point that leadership is not a uni-dimensional
phenomenon and they also stress that it is both a practical and a theoretical concept.
The first part of the book, ‘Educational Leadership and Management’, sets the scene and
introduces the three dimensions of capacity, capability and competency, which inform the rest
of the text. The authors also make a significant distinction between ‘self’, ‘other’, and
organization, which is a useful device for reflective leaders and practitioners. Self-knowledge is
regarded as increasingly important and the international literature shows clearly that leaders’
impact on school and student outcomes is indirect, exerted through colleagues and other
stakeholders. The authors’ focus on the organization is also very welcome because it shifts the
lens from individual leaders, the core of most texts on this subject, to leadership, which is a
Part two focuses on developing leadership capacity and the authors identify four key elements
of this construct; knowledge, skill, attitude and drive. This is a helpful distinction because many
leadership development programmes focus primarily on knowledge acquisition and under-
represent the other more practical dimensions. The best international practice addresses
understanding, what leaders know and need to know, and application, how leaders develop
their skills and apply their learning to their school contexts.
The final part examines how leadership capability can be enhanced. There is an important
distinction to be made between capacity and capability and the authors do this in a helpful way.
They stress the interdependence of self, other and organization, discussed earlier, and link
them to the key notions of structure, culture and character. They conclude by stressing the
need for principals to shape and reshape their work as educational leaders.
This book is likely to be of great value for aspiring and current leaders and I hope that the
authors will consider preparing a companion volume that will reflect on the leadership
preparation and development opportunities available to Malaysian principals and their impact
on school and student outcomes.
Professor Tony Bush
University of Nottingham (UK and Malaysia)
PART 1. EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT
1.1 Points of Departure
1.2 A Dynamic Disequilibrium
1.3 Leadership Development : An Integrated Model
PART 2. DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP CAPACITY
2.1 Knowledge, Skill, Attitude and Drive
PART 3. ENHANCING LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY
3.1 Self, Other, Organization : An Interdependency
3.2 The Self : The Multiplicity of Roles and Function
3.3 The Others : “The Heart and soul of an organization”
3.4 Organization : Its Structure, Culture and Character