Coaching & Leadership Development
John’s Story – Battling the Harsh Reality of Change

John’s Story – Battling the Harsh Reality of Change

    *The author of this blog has asked to remain anonymous and so the name has been change to protect their identity   My name’s John and I’m in my third year in my role as a Head Teacher of a one and a half form entry in north London. We currently have around 330 children with 22 teaching staff and 25 support staff.   My predecessor had been here for 19 years and had done a fantastic job. Many of the staff were here even longer than that. My greatest challenge was having to manage the transition of having new leadership. It was a very successful school but it soon came clear to me that it was in need of change. I had to balance the need to make important changes that the school required, whilst ensuring that I did not disturb the special nature of the school, the things which everyone thought worth keeping – once I’d discovered what these things were.   The personal challenges of managing change successfully   However, in trying to bring about changes that were necessary to take my school forward, I began to find some of my behaviour began to conflict with the person that I wanted to be. I found myself becoming addicted to the drama of school life, moaning and getting worked up about the problems I came across.   Worst of all, I felt like I was losing some of my humanity, which was supposed to be one of my greatest strengths as a leader. It wasn’t just the dealings with my staff that were impacted, my...