Coaching & Leadership Development
Does Becoming a Headteacher Mean the End of Work Life Balance?

Does Becoming a Headteacher Mean the End of Work Life Balance?

It’s incredibly easy to lose yourself in the role of being a Head, to the point that your private life simply drops off the schedule as you work on autopilot, just getting through the day. But this is dangerous, not only for your health and your relationships, but for your school life as well.   If you’re working on autopilot, you’re going to crash eventually.   No matter how much you might not want to admit it sometimes, you’re a person in a role, not a robot. This means that you have all of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs that people have, including that of work life balance. So many Heads just assume that stepping into this role means an end to their work life balance. They put their heads down, get through day after day hoping to make it to retirement, and end up totally incapacitating themselves.   This is tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is that it’s preventable!   If you’re currently in “robo-Head” mode, don’t wait for a crisis to force you to reevaluate. Instead, bring some consciousness into your work life balance. Look at how things are now, what’s working and what’s not working. If you find yourself saying a lot of “Yeah, buts” — as in, “Yeah I should spend more time on myself, but…” then ask yourself, “What does it cost me, my family, my friends etc, to keep making these excuses?”   Creating a plan for your personal life   When you started in your position as Head, you set some goals and developed a plan of...