Thinking about Leadership….Part 1

Headsmart.......Reflections of a Headteacher

The concept of leadership is difficult to define.  Leadership can mean different things to different people.  When reading  about the topic of  leadership,  it is clear that it is hard to pinpoint a definition as there are such varied definitions for it.  Further, there is a debate around whether leadership is an innate ability or if it is something that can be learnt and practised. Just from the fact that there are so many leadership courses that claim to ‘teach’ leadership, it seems that there are certain skills, at least, that can be taught.

However, leadership is something that can only be practised in ‘real life’ situations.  Different theories and the understanding behind leadership styles allow us to reflect on our abilities and our traits as leaders.  Having this understanding can allow ourselves as leaders to be more aware of our characteristics and how we deal with day to day scenarios. 

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