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Leadership webinar: identifying future leaders (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, Jan 25, 2016.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What are the qualities future school leaders need? And how do current leaders identify those teachers with potential to lead a school? Also, how do you do so without creating jealousy in the staffroom?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE, founder of DLB Leadership Associates.

    We will examine how you can identify the potential in future leaders and how they can be nurtured to rise to the top.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on February 10 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Deborah and I discuss the issues, with key advice for school leaders.

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    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hi, don't forget you can submit your question for Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE ahead of next week's webchat or during the discussion by posting it here.
     
  3. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hello,

    Next week’s webchat has been postponed. We hope to announce the new date soon, but in the meantime please feel free to submit any questions on this topic below.

    Sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused.

    Thank you.
     
  4. neilhoultram

    neilhoultram New commenter

    As a trainee teacher with ambition, what are the three most important qualities you should possess to be a leader?
     
  5. CompNerd

    CompNerd New commenter

    Is there an unfair bias in the ability to progress to SLT based on the subject you teach?
     
  6. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you @neilhoultram and @CompNerd for your questions. We hope to announce the new date for this webchat soon. Your questions will be asked during the discussion.

    If anyone else would like to submit other questions please feel free to add them below.

    Thank you.
     
  7. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hi,

    This webchat will now take place on Thursday March 24 at 4.30pm.

    Don't forget to submit more questions below.

    Thank you.
     
  8. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to the tenth webchat in our series of discussions aimed at school leaders.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions on how you can identify teachers with the potential to lead a school.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.



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  9. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat on how to identify future leaders. Joining me is Deborah Leek-Bailey OBE, managing director of DLB Leadership Associates and chair of the Independent State School Partnerships Forum. For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.

    Thanks for joining us, Deborah. To start things off, could we begin a question from the TES forum from @neilhoultram, who asks: As a trainee teacher with ambition, what are the three most important qualities you should possess to be a leader?
     
  10. Deborah_Leek-Bailey

    Deborah_Leek-Bailey New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    It is hard to select just three qualities Neil because, for me, highly effective leaders possess a multitude of skills, but I suspect that integrity, Emotional Intelligence, and the ability to inspire and empower others and would be high on my list. There needs to be authenticity attached to what we do as leaders. We have the responsibility of future generations and that must never be taken lightly. It is essential for leaders to understand people and to be able to communicate their vision in such a way that others comprehend the necessity to engage and deliver. . Robust systems and rigorous self-evaluation are really important. Underperformance needs to be challenged. I think that Leaders in today’s schools have to be incredibly resilient because there are so many challenges within schools and people expect leaders to be able to deal with whatever comes their way. It is important for a leader to hold people to account but humility is also essential
     
  11. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    We know about the shortage of teachers, but do we also have a shortage of effective school leaders?
     
  12. Deborah_Leek-Bailey

    Deborah_Leek-Bailey New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    I think that would depend on the criteria used to define “effective” because I visit many state and independent schools and am often amazed at the inspirational leadership that I encounter. Highly effective schools implement succession planning measures and are also always nurturing talent.

    Yes of course, if results are anything to go by there are some schools that are failing and the leadership needs to be held to account and that includes Governance, but I would not make presumptions, nor pass blame, without analysing each school scenario. I know as an ex headteacher, whose last school was rated as outstanding in all areas of school life, that there are a multiplicity of factors which impact upon attainment. For me, value Added is a really important measure in any school. It mattered far more to me when we were in the top 3% for Value Added because I knew that the staff had truly addressed the needs of all pupils. I have however sometimes encountered what I would define as weak leadership and that is always very disappointing to see. Usually it is where those in positions of authority are not holding others to account and are also inconsistent in the way in which they treat their staff. Consistently high expectations are crucial.Fortunately there are far fewer of these leaders in existence.

    Nationally it seems that there are less people applying for headship positions and partly that is about the way in which the role is perceived. It can be incredibly demanding and you have to be extremely resilient. I remember doing a lot of work in this area whilst at the National College and I firmly believe that to attract high calibre individuals you also need to have a profession which feels valued and able to keep up with the demands placed upon it. Leading a school is such a privilege and I would always encourage people to take on the position because it is also so rewarding.
     
  13. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Does length of experience in teaching matter? Could someone with a few years’ experience stand out against someone with ten years or more?
     
  14. Deborah_Leek-Bailey

    Deborah_Leek-Bailey New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Experience does not necessarily equate to expertise, or talent but experience does expose you to the diversity and range of challenges- how you then deal with those is a different matter and it is certainly not true that longevity of tenure leads to greater effectiveness…I am sure that there are many talented leaders within schools who have a limited number of teaching years behind them. I have also met some leaders who have become less effective the longer that they teach because they no longer believe that they have anything to learn. I would however say that I have worked alongside some very experienced staff who have been outstanding, so I guess that it is more about the person than it is the length of service.
     
  15. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Could/should leaders from outside education be encouraged into school leadership?
     
  16. Deborah_Leek-Bailey

    Deborah_Leek-Bailey New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Yes I have met some really impressive leaders from a diversity of backgrounds but I also believe it to be important for school leaders to be active listeners who have a strong team of highly skilled educationalists working alongside them. We can learn a vast amount from the world of business but understanding child development and key mechanisms for encouraging aspirational learning are equally vital.
     
  17. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Another question from the TES forum, from @CompNerd, asks: Is there an unfair bias in the ability to progress to SLT based on the subject you teach?
     
  18. Deborah_Leek-Bailey

    Deborah_Leek-Bailey New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Not in my personal experience but that is a really interesting question because to a large extent it will depend on the school in which you teach. Whilst in some instances people initially gain promotion as a result of their success within a department, I have also known inspirational teachers who have not been able to gain promotion to senior leadership because the school perceives them as fulfilling a vital need within a key subject area and as a consequence their timetables have become quite excessive and with little non-contact time it has become difficult for them to be in a position to take on further responsibility. Clearly senior leaders already in post should be talent spotting and I would see it as a key part of their role to then provide unique learning opportunities to less experienced staff, regardless of the subject that they teach.
     
  19. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    If you spot someone who has leadership potential, but they are also a wonderful classroom teacher, what advice would you give them? That being a successful teacher is as/more rewarding as being a leader?
     
  20. Deborah_Leek-Bailey

    Deborah_Leek-Bailey New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    I think that is a really thought provoking question because it challenges our loyalty to colleagues, as well as our professional responsibility to pupils and school systems.Effective leadership enables you to direct other people’s experience, so as to achieve great things and that is every bit as true in a classroom, as it is in the wider fabric of school life, As leaders we need to continue to learn and remember what it is like to experience new things, in much the same way as we would ask of our pupils. Therefore any opportunity to develop professionally will ultimately benefit your subject area /department. There may come a point at which a decision is required but providing someone with the opportunity to work outside their subject temporarily and lead on a whole school initiative may well be enough for them to know whether it is what they want longer term. We must also remember that without great teachers school life would be diminished and many teachers make a conscious choice to remain in the classroom.
     

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