Coaching & Leadership Development
The Well-being of School Leaders – Podcast

The Well-being of School Leaders – Podcast

  In an increasingly challenging environment of reduced budgets and recruitment difficulties, prioritising the health and well-being of school leaders is vital.   Higher levels of accountability and ensuring the wellbeing of staff and pupils can leave school leaders feeling stressed and isolated.   Whether you’re taking on a new school leader role, or maintaining current leadership under new challenges, this podcast looked at ways to minimise stress and maximise efficiency.   In this podcast, I explored:   – Strategies in achieving a work-life balance – How to recognise the importance of looking after your own wellbeing, as well as your team – Leading without sacrificing yourself – The importance of the relationship with the governing body in offering support     Supporting yourself in the role…   When you are working in a school, engaging day-to-day with children and their families, teachers, support staff, governors and other adults, you know that in addition to expending great amounts of mental and physical energy, you expend equal (if not more) amounts of energy meeting the emotional needs of others.   If you don’t invest the time in meeting your needs, you can end up carrying a huge emotional debt and become increasingly emotionally overdrawn, with no readily identifiable means for bringing your emotional account back into credit.   This is particularly dangerous if you’re like most Heads in our school system, you’re incredibly under-supported. There’s no one you can talk to who really gets your job and all the stresses that come with it, leaving you stuck with coping mechanisms and busy-ness to get you through the day — not a great set up...
The Role of a Headteacher – Podcast

The Role of a Headteacher – Podcast

Back in May 2017, I was delighted to be invited by the Evolve Team to discuss the unique and changing role of a school leader. As part of this, I shared learnings from my own experience of Headship as we explored the emotional and psychological challenges that school leaders now face in the role and common pitfalls that leaders can fall into as they try to deliver the best outcomes for their schools. To build on this, we also addressed a number of topics including: – The loneliness of the headteacher role – Why headteachers need to find the space to process recent events, issues and challenges – The sacrifice syndrome that many school leaders suffer from and how to overcome the issues it presents – The important “inner work” that headteachers must do to stay focussed, build a greater self-understanding and maintain equilibrium – The importance of self-compassion, self-care and support Supporting yourself in the role…   When you are working in a school, engaging day-to-day with children and their families, teachers, support staff, governors and other adults, you know that in addition to expending great amounts of mental and physical energy, you expend equal (if not more) amounts of energy meeting the emotional needs of others.   If you don’t invest the time in meeting your needs, you can end up carrying a huge emotional debt and become increasingly emotionally overdrawn, with no readily identifiable means for bringing your emotional account back into credit.   This is particularly dangerous if you’re like most Heads in our school system, you’re incredibly under-supported. There’s no one you can talk to who...
Leadership Development Q&A

Leadership Development Q&A

Recently, I was delighted to be invited to a Q&A session by the Key for School Leaders. As part of this, school leaders from the Primary School Leaders Facebook group got the opportunity to ask some questions about school leadership and leadership development. There were a number of really great questions submitted by the group, and whilst I wasn’t able to address all of them – we were able to answer questions around several key topics such as: – How can new Headteachers ensure that their first term in the role is successful – How can Headteachers nurture strong working relationships with their Deputy Heads – How can school leaders reduce the workload of their team without putting more on their own plates – With falling budgets and redundancies looming, how can school leaders keep staff morale high Hopefully this podcast was useful in addressing some questions for you. If you’d like to explore any of the topics of the Q&A further or would like to discuss the challenges you’re currently facing, I’m now offering free “Coaching for the Soul” calls to provide you a space to do just that. These calls offer a safe space where you can… –  Talk openly and honestly about the challenges you’re facing –  Receive support and encouragement in your current situation –  Reflect on recent events and the impact they are having on you as a leader and as a person –  Gain clarity around your thoughts and plan a way forward Book Your Call Availability is very limited – so if you are determined to take charge of your own well-being, book today to avoid...
The Impact of Coaching for Educational Leaders – Podcast

The Impact of Coaching for Educational Leaders – Podcast

  Back in January 2020, I was very fortunate to be given the chance to be the keynote speaker at the Irish Primary Principals’ Network’s 2020 annual conference.   To follow-up this talk, I explored a bit deeper into the contents of my talk with Seán Delaney from Inside Education and discussed a number of important topics, such as:   – The importance of school leaders recognising inner, subconscious narratives and  how to identify the narratives that no longer serve them – How underlying thoughts and experiences can affect a leader’s ability to have difficult conversations – Why school improvement and human growth and development go hand in hand – What coaching involves, what you need to be an effective coach and how coaching differs from other forms of support – How Coaching supports school leaders in their daily leadership life     If this podcast resonates with your experience of school leadership and you’d like to explore some of the topics of the call and get a better understanding of how you can best support yourself going forward, I’m now offering free “Coaching for the Soul” calls to provide you a space to do just that.   These calls offer a safe space where you can…   –  Talk openly and honestly about the challenges you’re facing –  Receive support and encouragement in your current situation –  Reflect on recent events and the impact they are having on you as a leader and as a person –  Gain clarity around your thoughts and plan a way forward   Book Your Call Availability is very limited – so if you are determined to take charge of your own well-being, book today to avoid disappointment....
How to Succeed as a Headteacher – Podcast

How to Succeed as a Headteacher – Podcast

  Back in January 2018, I delivered my first ever podcast in which I shared my belief that our headteachers are being let down by the system in the way in which they are currently supported in their roles.   I explained why in light of changing nature of the role, more needs to be done to help Heads to ‘step up’ to the role in a new way, if we are to keep our great school leaders in the profession.   However, what perhaps I didn’t explore so deeply in my previous podcast was what Heads can do to support themselves and ensure they have the best chance of delivering success for themselves and their school, amidst these growing challenges and complexities of the role.   That’s why in this short podcast, I decided to share ….   – My 3 key strategies for succeeding as a Headteacher – Deeper exploration into the current reality of life as a School Leader – Why meeting your needs as key to sustaining yourself in your role – Some valuable questions for self-reflection     If this podcast resonates with your experience of school leadership and you’d like to explore some of the topics of the call and get a better understanding of how you can best support yourself going forward, I’m now offering free “Coaching for the Soul” calls to provide you a space to do just that.   These calls offer a safe space where you can…   –  Talk openly and honestly about the challenges you’re facing –  Receive support and encouragement in your current situation –  Reflect on recent events and the impact they are having on you as a leader and as a person –  Gain clarity...
Why our Headteachers are being let down! – Podcast

Why our Headteachers are being let down! – Podcast

  Ensuring that our Head teachers are given the proper support to thrive in their roles is central to the work of Integrity Coaching.   Teaching is often described as being one of the caring professions.   Yet it has always struck me as strange that although the profession as a whole may be good at caring for the young people in its charge, it has a very poor record of caring for the adults on whose shoulders weigh the greater responsibility of caring for our children.   For too long now, the needs of those on the frontline in our schools have been neglected and that’s why in this podcast, I explored:   – The types of questions Heads need to be asked to support their own emotional health and well-being – Why we need to support Heads to ‘step up’ to the role in a new way – How Heads can learn to take greater control of their emotional responses to stress   Hopefully, when you listen to it, you’ll understand why I believe we are letting our Heads down!   Supporting yourself in the role…   When you are working in a school, engaging day-to-day with children and their families, teachers, support staff, governors and other adults, you know that in addition to expending great amounts of mental and physical energy, you expend equal (if not more) amounts of energy meeting the emotional needs of others.   If you don’t invest the time in meeting your needs, you can end up carrying a huge emotional debt and become increasingly emotionally overdrawn, with no readily identifiable means...