Upskilling Leaders in your School

Effective school leadership

Effective schools have many leaders! When you systematically build leadership at all levels within your school, then your teachers will be well supported. Responsibilities can be shared around rather than resting on the shoulders of a few. And when someone leaves your school, you can be sure that you have already developed talented people to replace them. Our data from over 100,000 coaching conversations has identified some critical leadership mindsets that support leaders at different levels.

Mindsets for principals

Principals are juggling many priorities and may find themselves challenged in many different aspects of their own leadership – so a flexible coaching program may best meet your needs.

A few critical leadership mindsets come to the fore in the principalship role. Creating a clear vision for school improvement is important, and you may be unsure of how to sensitively challenge old ways of working and how fast to pace any changes. You may be keen to create a more collaborative culture, sharing leadership with your team and delegating responsibilities. Yet empowering people can be fraught with problems, and it may not be easy to let go and trust others.

Mindsets for deputy/ assistant principals

Deputy and assistant principals can easily feel sandwiched between the principal and school staff. Getting clear on your core values can help you to navigate these pressures and ensure that you develop a clear leadership style of your own. As you build your self-awareness, you may find it helpful to get clear on your Mindtraps –the limiting beliefs that may impinge on both your leadership effectiveness and your personal resilience. You will also benefit from honing your skills to hold difficult conversations –with staff and parents –as well as learning how to build the capability of key staff members in your school.

Mindsets for heads of departments

Effective heads of department are great people leaders. You need to know how to engage your team, how to hold people to account and how to bring more challenging people on board.

You may well have to work with a wide range of personalities and find what works for each individual. To ensure consistent standards of teaching across your department, you need to have ongoing feedback conversations with your teachers. And throughout all of this, you need to have the self-confidence to assert your leadership when necessary.

Mindsets for emerging leaders

Making the move into a leadership role can be daunting, however confident you are as a teacher. We set you up for success by building your personal leadership.

Building your self-awareness and growth mindset are key as you start to imagine yourself as a leader. You need to hone your communication skills so that you can collaborate effectively with colleagues. You may be naturally proactive but you may need to reflect on how and when to step in and be more leaderful in different situations at school.

Mindsets for principals

Principals are juggling many priorities and may find themselves challenged in many different aspects of their own leadership – so you may well find that you need to create your own flexible coaching program to meet your needs.

Nevertheless, we believe that some key mindsets come to the fore in the principalship role. Creating a clear vision for school improvement is important, and you may be unsure of how to sensitively challenge old ways of working and how fast to pace any changes. You may be keen to create a more collaborative culture, sharing leadership with your team and delegating responsibilities. Yet empowering people can be fraught with problems, and it may not be easy to let go and trust others.

Mindsets for deputy/ assistant principals

Deputy and assistant principals can sometimes feel sandwiched between the principal and school staff. Getting clear on your core values can help you to navigate these pressures and ensure that you develop a clear leadership style of your own. As you build your self-awareness, you will find it helpful to get clear on your ‘Mindtraps’ –the limiting beliefs that may impinge on both your leadership effectiveness and your personal resilience. You will also benefit from honing your skills to hold difficult conversations –with staff and parents –as well as learning how to build the capability of key staff members in your school.

Mindsets for heads of departments

Effective heads of department are great people leaders. You need to know how to engage your team, how to hold people to account and how to bring more challenging people on board.

You may well have to work with a wide range of personalities and find what works for each individual. To ensure consistent standards of teaching across your department, you need to have ongoing feedback conversations with your teachers. And throughout all of this, you need to have the self-confidence to assert your leadership when necessary.

Mindsets for aspirant leaders

Making the move into a leadership role can be daunting, however confident you are as a teacher. We set you up for success by building your personal leadership.

Building your self-awareness and growth mindset are key as you start to imagine yourself as a leader. You need to hone your communication skills so that you can collaborate effectively with colleagues. You may be naturally proactive but you may need to reflect on how and when to step in and be more leaderful in different situations at school.

Build leadership capacity in your school

Developing leadership in your school is one of the best ways of investing in your school’s future. BTS Spark leadership programs help people to make sustained changes in their leadership practice.

You will work with a professional leadership coach to reflect deeply on the way you lead. You will learn new strategies and apply these to live challenges you are facing right now at school.

One-to-one leadership coaching enables individuals to fast track their leadership with support from a personal leadership coach. Different programs are available for emerging leaders, heads of department, deputy/ assistant principals, aspiring principals and principals.

Where budgets are tighter, schools may prefer to offer a group coaching leadership program or a workshop.

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