South Bromsgrove Teaching School Newsletter - Autumn

06 Leadership: “Know Thyself!” Focus on AUTUMN 2017 SBH TEACHING SCHOOL NEWS You can find us on Twitter @ sbhteachschool so please follow us This promises to be, yet again, a very busy and exciting year. We have already seen the launch of well-subscribed training and support programmes to cater for the needs of teachers, including our new NPQ programmes with Worcestershire Global Leadership Academy, supporting the leadership development of existing and aspiring school leaders at every level. You will find out more about these programmes in this newsletter. We are developing very productive networks with other schools and are always keen to hear of any area or specific focus where you would appreciate support. Andrea Taylor | Teaching School Director Welcome to the Autumn edition of our Teaching School newsletter So says the ‘first commandment of leadership’, according to Harvard Business Review, but what does it mean to ‘know thyself’ as a leader? A quick google search throws up the following words and phrases: ‘personal intelligence’; ‘mastering yourself’; ‘consciousness of thought’; ‘knowing your habits.’ We could probably give an account of our attributes, our intelligence and our habits, both good and bad, but how well do we really know ourselves and how we are perceived by others? As we launch our new NPQ courses across the autumn and spring terms, we are challenging our leaders to ‘know themselves’ as a way to better understand the impact they have on others. Emotional Intelligence, or the ability to control and express our emotions, is key to all successful relationships in the workplace. In fact, studies have shown that EQ (the measure of emotional intelligence) has “twice the power of IQ” to predict success (Gerald Mount). There are obvious benefits to be gained in schools in developing the ability to manage our own emotions and recognise and acknowledge the emotional investment that our teachers make in their classrooms. We are engaged in ‘emotionally charged’ situations every day, from dealing with pupil behaviour to providing challenging feedback to NQTs or struggling teachers. The issue in schools is that, as middle or senior leaders, our time pressured and we often lack the ‘headspace’ to properly reflect on our own emotional awareness and the impact of our own emotions and associated behaviours might be having on our teams. The truth is that, with the current pressures on the education system, there has never been a more critical time for Head Teachers and Senior Leaders to invest in the Emotional Intelligence and leadership capability. An investment in developing self-aware leadership will pay dividends in the relationships around school, in teacher well-being, teacher retention and, ultimately, student outcomes.