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LFE Talk

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LFE Talk

  1. 1. How School Leaders Learn to Dare Greatly Why vulnerability and courage are two sides of the same coin
  2. 2. Who am I? • Viv Grant • Former Head teacher • Author • Executive Coach • Director of Integrity Coaching • Mother of three children
  3. 3. My Story
  4. 4. The Sacrifice Syndrome
  5. 5. A problem ....
  6. 6. If I had been more conscious ...
  7. 7. The Sacrifice Syndrome
  8. 8. Vulnerability “ Uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure” Facing up to: - Self doubt - Hurt - Fears
  9. 9. Courageous Leadership “It is our fears / our own vulnerabilities that sometimes hamper our ability to be courageous and show up as the leaders we want to be. We put on a brave face, but this brave face can lead to us leading with less authenticity and so we inadvertently minimise the impact of our leadership.”
  10. 10. Qualities of Courageous School leaders They understand: • That school development is also about emotional development • The relationship between school improvement and personal/professional development • Who they are as individuals • Why time is a gift that they need to give to themselves
  11. 11. Quality #1: Understand School Development = Emotional Development
  12. 12. Quality # 2: Understand the relationship between School & Personal Improvement
  13. 13. Learning to be conscious
  14. 14. Positive aspects of the teacher comfort zone • Confirmed your identity as a teacher • Affirmed your strengths • Nurtured self belief • Helped you to trust in yourself
  15. 15. Living with ambiguity “ Move into unfamiliar territory and anxiety is activated as our constant comrade... Psychological ... development always requires greater capacity in us for the toleration of anxiety and ambiguity. The capacity to accept this state, abide to it and commit to life is more the measure of maturity.” James Hollis: 2006
  16. 16. Quality # 3: Understand Who you are “ Leaders often do not fully recognise the extent to which, ‘who they are affects virtually every aspect of their organisation” Branden (1994)
  17. 17. Understanding Self: Key Questions • What do I think is true about myself? • What do I think is important in life? • How do I respond to what I think is important? • How much do I value myself?
  18. 18. The foundations of who you are • Beliefs • Values • Mindset • Self -Esteem
  19. 19. This is who I am!
  20. 20. Quality#4: Understand that Time is a gift
  21. 21. Understanding the Transformation process
  22. 22. Understanding the transformation process
  23. 23. Time invested in you helps you to ... • Refill your emotional, mental and spiritual reservoirs • Embrace and develop new mechanisms for coping with the challenges of school leadership • Indentify what courage feels and looks like for you
  24. 24. Courage is not the absence of fear ... “ Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it” Nelson Mandela https://www.youtube.com/w

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