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Books by James Hilton

As well as delivering training, workshops and keynotes around the United Kingdom, James is also the author of three critically acclaimed books on leadership and wellbeing. His first, Leading from the Edge, was published in 2016. His second book, Ten Traits of Resilience, was published in October 2018 and is an Amazon Best-Seller. His third book, Riding the Waves concludes the trilogy and was released on 30th April 2020.

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In this positive and inspiring book, James Hilton, author of Leading from the Edge and Ten Traits of Resilience, explores how primary and secondary school leaders can find fulfilment in their challenging roles in order to lead their schools successfully. Career satisfaction is central to leading a happy, healthy and effective school, but recognising the positive aspects of school leadership can be difficult at a time of extreme pressure, high accountability, constant change and seemingly impossible demands.

Riding the Waves offers practical strategies, advice, reflective questions and activities for developing the fulfilling aspects of school leadership to carry school leaders through these challenging times. James Hilton explores how school leaders can enhance their mental health and wellbeing and their work-life balance by building effective relationships, nurturing talent, celebrating achievements, feeling in control and, importantly, taking a break.

With a foreword by Mary Myatt and interviews with a number of education experts, this book is a must-read for all current and aspiring school leaders who wish to thrive in their careers and build a happier and healthier school environment for the benefit of teachers, pupils, parents and the wider school community.

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This book is so refreshing! Grounded in humanity, humility and honesty, it offers an invaluable guide for school leaders to help them thrive in their roles – and help those around them thrive too. James’s regular anecdotes, from his losses to his mistakes to his triumphs, combined with the invaluable input of an array of superb school leaders, make this a must-read for anyone in – or aspiring to – school leadership.'

Dr Emma Kell, Author of 'How to Survive in Teaching'

James' previous books

Ten Traits of Resilience

Ten Traits of Resilience

In an increasingly complex and ever-changing education landscape, teaching is a rewarding but multifaceted profession that involves more than simply imparting subject knowledge. Teachers need to understand how they can avoid stress and cope with change in order to survive the challenges that teaching throws at them. With children’s mental health and wellbeing a growing concern, it is essential they pass on this confidence and optimism to the next generation too. In this thought-provoking book, James Hilton explores ten traits of resilience and demonstrates to school leaders how they can embed these traits into their own practice and into their school to create a climate of resilience among staff and pupils.

Ten Traits of Resilience: Achieving positivity and purpose in school leadership’ includes tips, case studies and reflective questions to help school leaders evaluate and improve their current practice.

With a foreword by positive psychology expert, Dr Andy Cope, this book is ideal for school leaders and aspiring school leaders looking to promote and maintain a culture of resilience in their schools to improve their own mental health and wellbeing, and that of their staff and pupils.

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Leading From the Edge

Leading From the Edge: A School Leader’s Guide to Recognising and Overcoming Stress

James Hilton worked as a headteacher at one of the largest primary schools in the UK. In 2007 he suffered a breakdown brought on by work-related stress. He shares his story in this inspiring book in the hope that it will help others.

Leading from the Edge is the brave and honest account of how James managed to pull himself back from the brink and return to headship equipped with strategies to deal with the day-to-day stresses felt by so many school leaders in UK schools today. This is a one of a kind, provocative analysis of the challenges of leading a 21st century school, interspersed with advice guaranteed to inspire, reassure and help leaders overcome the pressure they are under every day.

The book includes coping strategies, tips on sleep, good nutrition and time management plus you will learn how to identify your own stress levels and causes. James offers guidance on dealing with parents and Ofsted, as well as how to support other teachers who are themselves dealing with stress.

The book is a must read for any current or aspiring school leader.

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