The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

The Optimus blog

The blog that inspires leaders in the UK education sector

Liz Worthen

Leadership shorts: holding honest conversations as an executive headteacher

Letting go of the 'super exec head' armour can seem like a path to crisis. In this podcast, we consider how executive heads can empower others while maintaining ultimate accountability. 

In this conversation with Viv Grant, executive coach and director of Integrity Coaching, we explore the difficulty executive heads can face in handing over responsibility to their headteachers while maintaining overall accountability.

Distributing leadership can instill confidence in your headteachers and show them that you're willing to offer trust.

Needless to say, it can also provide a large boost to your own productivity and help you avoid burnout!

We discuss the importance of open, honest communication, with Viv offering insights from her work in helping executive heads successfully navigate distributed leadership and fulfill their schools' visions. 

For more advice on maintaining wellbeing as a senior leader, watch Viv's webinar on 'Stress reduction for new senior leaders

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