In Sustainable Leadership, Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink address one of the most important and often neglected aspects of leadership: sustainability. The authors set out a compelling and original framework of seven principles for sustainable leadership characterized by Depth of learning and real achievement rather than superficially tested performance; Length of impact over the long haul, beyond individual leaders, through effectively managed succession; Breadth of influence, where leadership becomes a distributed responsibility; Justice in ensuring that leadership actions do no harm to and actively benefit students in other schools; Diversity that replaces standardization and alignment with diversity and cohesion; Resourcefulness that conserves and renews leaders′ energy and doesn′t burn them out; and Conservation that builds on the best of the past to create an even better future.
This book is a volume in the Jossey–Bass Leadership Library in Education a series designed to meet the demand for new ideas and insights about leadership in schools.
"What a pleasure it is to read a book that discusses education and schooling within the context of the natural and human environment that shapes them. In straightforward language, the authors teach us how to sustain educational renewal without sidestepping a powerful truth: things left ill– or unattended deteriorate."
John I. Goodlad, president, Institute for Educational Inquiry, Seattle, Washington
"This book makes a deep impression because it is both timely and powerful. Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink write with clarity and passion about the need not only to develop leadership but to make it sustainable. This is leadership for the long term not just the immediate, for all schools not just for some."
Steve Munby, executive director, UK National College for School Leadership
INTRODUCTION: Sustainability and Unsustainability
The Choices for Change.
PRINCIPLE 1: Depth
Learning and Integrity.
PRINCIPLE 2: Length
Endurance and Succession.
PRINCIPLE 3: Breadth
Distribution, Not Delegation.
PRINCIPLE 4: Justice
Others and Ourselves.
PRINCIPLE 5: Diversity
Complexity and Cohesion.
PRINCIPLE 6: Resourcefulness
Restraint and Renewal.
PRINCIPLE 7: Conservation
History and Legacy.
CONCLUSION: Sustainability in Action
A Meal, Not a Menu.