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 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 for good leadership.
As a result, you run the risk of emotional ‘burn out’. When this begins to happen, not only do we experience extreme levels of mental and emotional exhaustion that can be debilitating, but we also can begin to derive less satisfaction from our lives.
Having been a Head myself, I know all too well what this feels like and equally what must be done to prevent it!
It is for this reason, that I now offer free “Coaching for the Soul” support calls, for Heads who feel that they could benefit from a confidential space that will allow them to:
– Talk through the challenges they’re facing and find solutions
– Receive support and encouragement in their current situation
– Reflect on recent events and the impact they are having
– Gain clarity around their thoughts and plan a way forward
Availability is very limited – so if you are determined to take charge of your own well-being, book today to avoid disappointment.