What makes great school leadership?

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Great leadership improves the ethos, culture and systems of the school


Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

William Ernest Henley, Invictus, 1875


1995 Rugby World Cup, South Africa 

‘We weren’t the most talented, but we had the most grit, determination, team spirit, fitness, and support.’ Francois Pienaar, South African captain.


MANDELA: Tell me, Francois, what is your philosophy on leadership? How do you inspire your team to do their best?

PIENAAR: By example. I’ve always thought to lead by example, sir.

MANDELA: That is right. That is exactly right. But how to get them to be better than they think they can be? Inspiration perhaps. How do we inspire ourselves to greatness, when nothing less will do? How do we inspire everyone around…

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