Accelerated Leadership Development captures and communicates the lessons learnt from successful fast-track leadership programmes in the private and public sector, and provides a model which schools can follow and customise as they plan their own leadership development strategies. As large numbers of headteachers and other senior staff retire, the book illustrates practical ways in which school leadership teams can face the growing challenge of talent management. The book outlines the most effective fast-track leadership initiatives and discusses ways of identifying and retaining high-potential staff in school settings. It also examines the possible consequences and implications of talent identification and succession planning, while simultaneously considering the risks and challenges these schemes raise for schools and the wider education system. The book goes on to provide detailed descriptions of two fast-track education leadership programmes run in England and illustrates how a range of organisations from outside the education sector and from different countries, run accelerated, fast-track and high-potential leadership schemes. Accelerated Leadership Development is essential reading for all school leadership teams and school governing bodies and will be an invaluable resource for academics and researchers working in the fields of leadership and school management.