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Leadership as Lunacy: And Other Metaphors for Educational Leadership

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Lumby, J., & English, F. W.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin  Press (2010)
ISBN-10: 1412974275
ISBN-13: 978-1412974271

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Fenwick W. English recently co-authored, with Jacky Lumby, the book, Leadership as lunacy: And other metaphors for educational leadership. Published by Corwin Press, this book looks at leadership models and behaviors and suggests what school leaders and stakeholders can learn from them.

The book reviews historical perspectives and cognitive possibilities related to the state of leadership in education. The authors examine how metaphors have been used to define leadership and how metaphors can stimulate reflection and self-growth. They also review the current debate and discourse pertaining to educational leadership models.

Chapter 1 introduces the presence and power of metaphors throughout history. Chapters 2-8 present various metaphors of leadership, including a machine, accountability, war, sports, theater, religion and lunacy. In Chapter 9, the book concludes by suggesting how to use metaphors and proposing some next steps in understanding and practicing leadership.

Steven R. Thompson, coordinator of the School Leadership Program at Miami University, wrote, "By their analysis, Lumby and English have exposed the power of language to shape meaning. By their skill, they illustrate the power of language to engage and enrich. Their work is an important contribution to how we understand and practice leadership in all fields."

English is the R. Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lumby is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.