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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 two critically acclaimed books on leadership. 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.

Ten Traits of Resilience: A guide for School leaders

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.

Reviews for Ten Traits of Resilience

‘From start to finish, it is utterly self-deprecating, not pompously academic, or a hard-to-digest textbook study. The book is wonderfully straightforward and clear.’


‘This book is a remarkable gem. The ideas are simple, but not easy. It deserves to be read widely and often.’


‘One of the strengths of the book is its wide-ranging nature. While it is ostensibly about resilience, it also covers the range of tasks and challenges a leader faces’


‘A great resource for leaders at all levels.’

Patrick Ottley O’Connor – Executive Principal North Liverpool Academy

‘This book is a brilliant mix of advice based on James’ own extensive experience as a leader and guidance offered by other accomplished leaders.’

Lena Bellina


Leading From the Edge: A School Leader’s Guide to Recognising and Overcoming Stress (Bloomsbury) 2016

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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