M. Myatt, High Challenge, Low Threat: How the Best Leaders Find the Balance


This is a quick read, and full of sound advice on leadership within schools.  The things from this book that I particularly want to remember and act on are:

  • Think of your colleagues first and foremost as people, don’t treat them as though they exist simply to fulfil a professional function. People need to know that you care about them, and not just about the job that they do.  This applies to everyone who works in the school, not just to its teachers.  Yes, the cleaners, caretakers, canteen staff and administrative support staff perform a crucial function, without which the school could not operate, but their right to be treated well stems from their humanity, not from the job that they do.
  • If you want to be trusted, you need to trust others first.  You can show you trust those you manage by welcoming feedback from them on your performance. …

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