Leadership

What colour is your cultural leadership umbrella?

The Role of Leaders as Cultural Umbrellas

Great leaders act like cultural umbrellas. They shelter teams from adverse influences, keeping them protected, supported, safe and behaviourally sound and secure. Under their umbrella, people know their purpose and can perform at their peak. Optimally, a leader’s cultural umbrella keeps people united beneath common cultural beliefs, ground-rules, rituals and values that guide how they behave and perform. Without that kind of shielding and protection, cultures can quickly stray off-course…

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7 Difficult Discussion Tips for School Leaders

Whether you’re a principal, deputy, department head or in business admin support, as a school leader, difficult discussions with teachers, parents, colleagues or kids, tend to crop up on a monotonously regular basis, one after the other. Resolving your way through touchy topics – troubling incidents or behaviours, difficult feedback, distressing news, unkept commitments, or things that’ve gone wrong or aren’t up to scratch – is something you’d probably prefer not to have to deal with. But they’re a critical

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Buffering Stress – the role resilient leaders play

Talea is tense a lot of the time. She performs at a high level and always pushes herself to be perfect in what she does. But her stress, coupled with a frequent sense of urgency, panic and pushiness, seems to project onto other people she works with. They get irritated and tense too. Talea also has  a tendency to get  irritated quickly  if things don’t go  her way  and  she often has run-ins with people as they arc up and

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Conversations create Culture: turning talk into meaningful change action…

How people talk to each other is one of the most visible aspects of any culture, and a good predictor of how functional or dysfunctional a culture is likely to be. Cultivating conversational capability to enable people to talk over and unpack their culture is one of the most powerful tools forward-thinking leaders can wield.

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