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There is a greater focus than ever before on resilience and wellbeing in schools. Resilience and character education are increasingly a distinct part of the curriculum.
Teachers' workload and wellbeing are hot topics and part of the government's recruitment and retention strategy. Meanwhile, headteachers are often so focused on ensuring the resilience and wellbeing of others that they neglect to look after their own.
Julia Steward draws on research findings and on her work as a leadership development coach and facilitator. Reflections on her own experience as a leader illustrate how unconscious habits of thinking and behaviour can hijack our leadership development in any profession. Practical exercises address the question: what can I do about this if it applies to me? Karen McMillan's fine line-drawings provide a visual summary of key messages.
If you are, or have ever supported, a leader who has acknowledged their own vulnerability, this book is for you.
About the author
Julia Steward led a large team of consultants to implement the National Professional Qualification for Headship across the whole of the South West of England. In addition to working extensively with schools, she designs and facilitats bespoke leadership and team development experiences and support individuals through 1:1 coaching. She is an experienced group facilitator and holds qualifications in counselling and a diploma in coaching awarded by the Institute of Leadership and Management. She has an ongoing research interest in developing and sustaining resilience for school leadership and has written extensively on the subject.