Coaching & Leadership Development
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.   That’s why everyday we work with school leaders to ensure that this is the case and we’re always striving to find new ways to help us encourage, embolden and empower those who lead our schools.   So it gives me great pleasure to share our latest offering in this mission – Our School Leadership podcasts.    This first short podcast has been designed for you to listen to at your own convenience; whether on your way to school in the morning, leaving work in the evening or when you’re tucked up at home with a hot drink. It’s the first of it’s kind and I hope the first of many.   And what better way to christen our new podcasts by exploring what support for school leaders should look like and why it is needed, as is a central theme within many of our blogs.   In this special podcast, I explore:   – 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...