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Building Emotional Resilience for
School Leadership
Is it Counter-Cultural?
Julia Steward
www.chrysalisleadershipdevelopme...
Where my
journey
started –
the
conspiracy
of silence:
it’s not okay
to feel
vulnerable
in
leadership
1st appearance as
requirement for headship
How to build emotional resilience?
Initial research
Survey – 135 schools, 49 responses
Time in headship:
1-3 years: 41%
4-9 years: 49%
10+ years: 10%
61% fir...
Agreed it was ‘very important’
What contributes to your emotional
resilience?
All respondents: top 3
1. the support of family
and friends
2. time spent w...
There is
nothing
either good
or bad, but
thinking
makes it so
Peter Church [CC BY-SA 2.0
(http://creativecommons.org/licen...
The internal story
Interviewees’ definitions of emotional
resilience
If we can choose nothing else, we can choose how we see things
www.valuescentre.com 16
7-levels of human consciousness
Know and
Understand
Physiological
Safety
Love & Belonging
Self-est...
Ever 6
Academies
Progress 8
British values
Safeguarding
Radicalisation
SEND reforms
Closing the gap
Teaching schools
Child...
Are we in
danger of
killing the
geese
charged
with
laying the
golden
eggs?
Is it possible to build emotional
resilience in preparation for
school leadership?
Building & Sustaining Resilience for School
Leadership/
Training for the Tough Times
• 12 leaders in same school
• 6 sessi...
What I knew already
Both …. And …
Paying attention to wellbeing improves
resilience
School leaders don’t prioritise their ...
Programme Content
• Theory into practice
• Physical wellbeing
• The neuroscience that connects physical and
emotional well...
Vitality Stress Resilience
Conclusion: it IS possible to grow resilience proactively
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Resilience has never been more important in school leadership than it is now. Julia explores what supports resilience in school leadership, what undermines it, and provides research evidence of how resilience can be proactively developed over time. It's too important to leave to chance.

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Belmas resilience slideshare

  1. 1. Building Emotional Resilience for School Leadership Is it Counter-Cultural? Julia Steward www.chrysalisleadershipdevelopment.com Workshop for the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (Belmas) Conference 2015
  2. 2. Where my journey started – the conspiracy of silence: it’s not okay to feel vulnerable in leadership
  3. 3. 1st appearance as requirement for headship
  4. 4. How to build emotional resilience?
  5. 5. Initial research Survey – 135 schools, 49 responses Time in headship: 1-3 years: 41% 4-9 years: 49% 10+ years: 10% 61% first headship 20% second headship Remainder 3+
  6. 6. Agreed it was ‘very important’
  7. 7. What contributes to your emotional resilience? All respondents: top 3 1. the support of family and friends 2. time spent with pupils 3. evidence of having made a positive difference 3. conversations with colleagues in school
  8. 8. There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so Peter Church [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  9. 9. The internal story
  10. 10. Interviewees’ definitions of emotional resilience
  11. 11. If we can choose nothing else, we can choose how we see things
  12. 12. www.valuescentre.com 16 7-levels of human consciousness Know and Understand Physiological Safety Love & Belonging Self-esteem
  13. 13. Ever 6 Academies Progress 8 British values Safeguarding Radicalisation SEND reforms Closing the gap Teaching schools Child mental health Changes to admissions School to school support New national curriculum Assessment without levels Changes to GCSE, A & AS levels Universal free school meals in KS1 Same funding for increased numbers Fine parents for taking pupils out of school Tackle obesity through sport & healthy eating Tackle climate change through eco schools aware Teach tolerance while being intolerant of intolerance Changes to leaving age for compulsory education and training Early language deprivation: more nurseries and better qualified staff Distractions from looking after self in school leadership
  14. 14. Are we in danger of killing the geese charged with laying the golden eggs?
  15. 15. Is it possible to build emotional resilience in preparation for school leadership?
  16. 16. Building & Sustaining Resilience for School Leadership/ Training for the Tough Times • 12 leaders in same school • 6 sessions over academic year • 3x3 diagnostics – vitality, stress, resilience • Learning log • Combine theory & practice • Set intentions
  17. 17. What I knew already Both …. And … Paying attention to wellbeing improves resilience School leaders don’t prioritise their own needs: they’re busy looking after others Resilience is strengthened by experience coupled with reflection and learning School leaders find it difficult to carve out time to reflect Resilience is strengthened when we know we’ve made a positive difference Most school leaders celebrate others’ or the school’s success and don’t credit their own contribution Resilience dips when we feel out of control in a situation we believe we should be able to control Schools leaders are held accountable for societal issues over which they have no control
  18. 18. Programme Content • Theory into practice • Physical wellbeing • The neuroscience that connects physical and emotional wellbeing • Interrogate habits of thinking & behaviour • Increased self-awareness/self-management • Peer support • Coaching
  19. 19. Vitality Stress Resilience
  20. 20. Conclusion: it IS possible to grow resilience proactively

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