Max Coates' erudite but immensely readable book on leadership is unlike any other. Max, with humanity, explores the destructive nature of stress and shows us how failure to understand its genesis will wreak havoc on the life of a leader - both professionally and personally. This is a personal take on leadership; yet it is also packed with masses of scholarly references to prompt further reading and research for the curious reader. Anyone who leads, or who aspires to lead, will gain a huge amount from what amounts to a lifetime's wisdom, reflection and advice compressed into this one book.
Dr Max Coates has worked for 15 years for the Institute of Education, now part of University College London. During this time, he has lectured on leadership, coaching and team development. A significant part of his work has been undertaken in a wide variety of countries which have included; Colombia, Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Pakistan and the Netherlands. He is also a doctoral supervisor for the University of Buckingham. He has published a number of books including: Personalising Learning, The Constant Leader, and Shaping a New Educational Landscape. Additionally, he has contributed to other publications including research into pupil underachievement, place and belonging and most recently into the emerging role of Chief Executive Officers of Multi-Academy Trusts. In all his work, he never lost his connection with the challenges facing leaders that came through 14 years as a secondary headteacher. He is married to Sally, a practice sister specialising in respiratory disease. They have three sons and three grandchildren.