Coaching & Leadership Development
The 3 Mistakes that Headteachers make when Dealing with Stress

The 3 Mistakes that Headteachers make when Dealing with Stress

  Being a head teacher is by far one of the most stressful roles that an individual can have. The burden of having to meet the needs of so many, means that often the demands that are made upon you, would seem to suggest that you have to adopt the qualities of a super hero. As well as Herculean amounts of inner strength to survive the challenges of a ‘normal’ day [if there is such a thing!] , let alone a week, a term or a year.  Left unquestioned, this approach and attitude to the role can only lead to increased amounts of stress and ultimately burn out. If you want to avoid the ‘crash and burn’ syndrome then read these three mistakes that head teaches make when dealing with stress and how to avoid them.   Mistake # 1: Believing that you are a super hero!   You are not! You are ‘only human’. You are allowed to feel emotions the same as everyone else. You are allowed to feel tired and exhausted, just like everyone else. You are allowed to feel confused and anxious at times just like everyone else! The problem is too many head teachers feel that because of the status afforded to them by their position they now cannot admit these feelings to themselves. A mistake … why? Because when you stop connecting with what you are really feeling and experiencing on a day- to- day basis, you lose your ability to really know and understand yourself. In times of challenge and stress, this can lead to flawed decision making, as you have unwittingly...
Why Every School Leader Needs to Be Listened to!

Why Every School Leader Needs to Be Listened to!

  I believe that every head teacher should have someone who regularly listens to them and has no other agenda than the maintenance of their well being and the fulfilment of their personal vision.   However, in my experience – there’s often a considerable imbalance in the life of a School Leader. To explain what I mean, I’d encourage you just to reflect on these two things:   A] How many times during a day/week you listen to others, and; B] How many times during a day/week someone ‘truly’ listens to you   If your answer to B outweighs your response to A, then you’re likely to be a more ‘healthy’ position and not experiencing too much the sense of isolation that your role often brings. However, as is the case with most head teachers, I am hazarding a guess, that it’s the other way around and that you listen more to others, than actually having someone truly listening to you.   This is not a good position to be in; without a trusted professional with whom you can confide, you are likely to experience an ever increasing sense of loneliness and isolation.   Discovering your own truth   Every head teacher needs to be l truly listened to! Why? Because as a client recently said to me,“When you are truly listened to ‘you are helped to discover your own truth’ and this alone can have a transformative impact on the type of leader that you are.   When you are listened to in such as a way, you know that you can truly be yourself and speak about what is both on...