There is much written about the characteristics of effective leaders – citing adaptability, confidence, accountability, integrity and innovation amongst others. These are all extremely valuable traits, but how do they manifest themselves in behaviours?
After speaking with colleagues in many schools and working with, and for, some highly effective leaders, here are some of our observations.
Spend most of their time talking with others in short, informal conversations
Have discussions which contain a fair amount of joking
Ask a lot of questions
Rarely seem to make big decisions during conversations
Have discussions which often concern topics not related to work
Attempt to influence others
Respond to others’ initiatives
Are responsive and flexible
Have a breadth of knowledge
The list above is not exhaustive but the behaviours all lead to two of the most fundamental characteristics of highly effective leaders – communication and trust.
Jan Rowney, School Improvement Advisor
Jan has over twenty years’ experience in education, including senior leadership, school improvement and OFSTED inspection.
She has worked in, and with, schools and academies in many authorities across England and Wales. Currently, Jan is a School Improvement Partner for a number of schools and provides support and guidance for Headteachers and senior teams.
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