Coaching & Leadership Development
Are you falling out of love with School Leadership?

Are you falling out of love with School Leadership?

  Do you feel you still have the same zest for being a head teacher as your very first day? Do you wake up in the morning looking forward to what the day at school brings and leave work enthused by what you’ve accomplished? Does your future as a headteacher excite you?   Answering no to any of these questions is very normal, particularly after a tough week or a mound of paperwork or a difficult encounter with a parent or pupil. However, many can find they struggle to find the same joy that the role originally offered them for months and even years.   Causes   Losing the joy of school leadership can be caused by a number of things. However, I believe school leaders losing their joy for the role says less about the individuals in question who struggle with this phenomenon and more about the intense pressures and baggage which comes with being a head teacher. In particular, I believe there are 4 key pressures that can serve to diminish a Headteacher’s love of their role.   1.  High Expectation and Accountability   Head teachers are acutely aware of the enormous responsibility placed on their shoulders namely, the proper education and happiness of all the school’s pupils. However, if this was not enough, headteachers often also have to constantly meet (if not exceed) the considerable and often, diverse needs, hopes and expectations of school governors, politicians and thousands of parents and pupils. Keeping all these stakeholders happy is often not merely a tough balancing act but can be a minefield.   2. Job Insecurity   Growing...