by Ritchie Cunningham


by Ritchie Cunningham



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The first two chapters of this book guides the reader through the steps to take in order to get on the first rung of the management/leadership ladder while subsequent chapters illustrate the development of leadership skills. The first steps in management and development as a leader are examined in detail with a further substantive chapter on Human Resource Management – outlining the management of the most important resource in any organisation. Each chapter is subdivided into several sections detaining aspects of leadership development. The examples in the book are largely taken from the secondary education sector where the author was a headteacher for 23 years.
Although the observations come from the author's work in the education sector, approaches to leadership are common across a range of industries. Leadership is examined from a particularly personal viewpoint, examining approaches the author tried and the challenges that were faced.
The author gives clear advice on how to succeed, such as: "work hard in any job you are given, contribute to team-working. Be clear about the tasks you are asked to do and be good at completing on time. Where possible build good relationships with everyone you work with – treat them as individuals and be supportive and encouraging. Speak up when you have something worth saying. Take on responsibilities that aren't part of your duties – volunteer when you can deliver."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162310280
Publisher: Ritchie Cunningham
Publication date: 03/28/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 291 KB

About the Author


Ritchie Cunningham was born in Stirling and attended seven schools in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England, completing his schooling for the final two years at Lenzie Academy. Graduating from the University of Glasgow with Honours in Geography.

Career History
Teacher of Geography, Economics and Geology at Cumbernauld High School from 1977-1980
Principal Teacher of Geography and Modern Studies at John Neilson High School in Paisley 1980-1984
Field Development Officer – Geography – Scottish Examination Board 1984-1986
Adviser in Social Subjects, Highland Region 1986 -1991
Rector (headteacher) Inverness High School 1991-2014

From the start of his career, he has been involved in writing educational materials, articles and staff training materials. The first written during his first appointment in Cumbernauld High School between 1977-1980.
Provided in-service training on curriculum development assessment and innovation at a national level and also to several Local Authorities over the years.
Written/co-written over 25 publications including:
"Diagnostic Assessment - A teachers view" in Programmed Learning and Educational Technology; Journal of AETT
-Co-author of "Core Themes in Geography"- two books for Higher Grade Geography.
-Co-author of Core Topics in Geography - four copymaster sets for senior school geography
-Co-author of Credit Geography - a textbook for Standard Grade
-Co-author of People and Place - a textbook for 5-14 Geography
Also three Radiovision programmes for BBC Radio Scotland.
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