Gamestorming then moved us to consider a visual approach to meetings, an approach we agreed was seldom used, whilst Leonie Tovell supported us in identifying our personal “brand” as senior leaders!
We were privileged to witness the leadership journeys of three exceptional Principals: Mark Leppard MBE, Ed Goodwin OBE and Sarah White. Whilst it was clear that each of their journeys to successful school leadership had been quite unique, some overarching truths emerged, nuggets of wisdom for all aspiring and current schools leaders to heed.
People matter. Treat your staff like the parents or children or siblings they are.
Students matter most. When staff are no longer serving students’ best interests, change is necessary.
You don’t do this job for the Christmas cards. Leadership can be lonely and alienating, but the outcomes are incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally.
Change. Constantly. Until it works.
Model success. Find it and use what works best in your context. Failing that, see number 4!
On Day 2, Roy Blatchford CBE, demonstrated how the content one reads shapes how one leads! We had th opportunity to delve into some of the reading material he recommended as well as share our own gems, not only for leadership, but anything which inspired us to a broader world view.
Mark Evans MBE, a teacher by trade but an adventurer by heart, took us on a journey through the “empty quarter”, demonstrating how meticulous planning, overcoming fears, and finding motivation even at the most seemingly hopeless and frustrating of moments, are amongst the ingredients that have repeatedly led him to success. The perfect way to end a leadership conference!