Iesha Small

writer, speaker, charity strategist

Exploring society, education, leadership and how to live a meaningful life.

My Book



Have you ever felt conflicted, misunderstood or underestimated as a school leader?

You are not alone.

I wrote a book for school leaders who want to find a way to be great at their jobs while being authentic and true to themselves but feel they don’t fit the traditional leadership mould. It’s published by award winning independent publisher Crown House and you can order direct from the publisher or pre-order it on Amazon for yourself or as a gift for somebody who you feel will relate to it.

Read a sample

Take a sneak look at the first couple of chapters of The Unexpected Leader here 

Praise for The Unexpected Leader

“The Unexpected Leader is a quite remarkable book full of subtle and important insights. Using the professional and personal life stories of a range of leaders, Iesha shines a light on the varied routes into leadership roles. The beautifully crafted accounts of individual stories combined with her own experiences create a rich hinterland to the motivations, fears and joys of this work. It is an important read for all in education and particular helpful for leaders who might be doubting themselves. Heart warming, inspiring and insightful in equal measure.

Mary Myatt,

Writer and school improvement adviser

“This brave and honest book gives a personal insight into the complexities and demands of school leadership. While hundreds of books have been published on this topic, Iesha tackles issues of work-load, impostor-syndrome and mental health through the stories of real people. Through these stories, the implications of some of the challenges in the education system, teacher recruitment and retention, funding and accountability, are all brought to life.

Through her refreshingly simple yet convincing narrative, Iesha challenges the stereo-type of great leaders and tells us it’s okay to be different. The experiences she has gathered, together with her own analysis of the lessons we can learn, provides an invaluable resource for teachers, leaders and policy-makers alike.”

Natalie Perera,

Executive Director and Head of Research, Education Policy Institute


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