Wholesome Leadership Preview Chapter 4: Building Ethos & Professional Culture:

Today, as part of this series of short posts to introduce my book, Wholesome Leadership, I’m sharing a preview of Chapter 4: ‘Building Ethos & Professional Culture.

This chapter sits in the first section of the book which is focused on the ‘heart’ of leadership, part of the H4 Leadership Model which captures the heart, head, hands and health of school leaders. It follows on from yesterday’s post about ‘Finding your leadership voice’. 

H4 Leadership Model: ‘The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leadership…

Building Ethos and Professional Culture…

Important things in any school are its ethos and professional culture. Together, they affect the mood, performance and commitment of every individual; they are the ‘soil’ in which all other things grow.

‘Leaders Make the Weather’

Vic Goddard

The chapter unpicks the definitions of ethos and culture and suggests ways that we can cultivate the right ‘conditions’ within a school. It explores some of the problems that exist with cultures based solely on ‘compliance and consistency’ where checklists and minimum expectations rule.

Within the Chapter, I interview Simon Smith, Principal of East Whitby Primary School. I have followed Simon’s blog with interest since he took up Headship at the school in 2015 and have always enjoyed the authenticity with which he writes about leading a school. He talks eloquently and with passion about ethos as ‘the glue’ in his school.

Wholesome Leadership is now on sale for pre-order and will be published around the 22nd of May 2018. You can read some of the early reviews or find out how to order here –  www.wholesomeleadershipbook.com 

Wholesome Leadership Preview Chapter 3: Finding your Leadership Voice

Having yesterday introduced Wholesome Leadership and the H4 Leadership Model which contains the Heart, Head, Hands and Health of school leadership. Today, I’m sharing a overview of Chapter 3 – ‘Finding your leadership voice’.

The first section of the book focuses on the ‘Heart’ of Wholesome Leadership and consists of  three chapters. I describe the heart of school leadership as follows:

Knowing what you stand for. Believing in what you do and who you are. Creating the right ethos and professional culture and leading careful change effectively.

The premise of Chapter 3 is that before we start managing or leading others, we need to first develop ourselves. In it, I talk about the challenge of working out who you are as a leader – something that can often be left to chance in schools.

People can’t live with change if there’s not a changeless core inside them.  The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value. 

Stephen Covey

Within the chapter, I interview Peter Hall-Jones. Peter was the first Headteacher I ever worked for on my first teaching practice over 20 years ago. He has continued to challenge and inspire me over this time. Peter helped me to work out what my beliefs and values around school leadership are and now works with schools and businesses across the world doing similar work.

This is probably also a good time to introduce Oliver Caviglioli:  illustrator, designer, former special school Headteacher and all-round ‘good egg’. I was privileged to have Oliver lead on the design of the book and draw the illustrations and visuals. One of the many brilliant contributions that Oliver made to Wholesome Leadership was a simple preview to capture the essence of each chapter.

Here’s Chapter 3 in one page:

In tomorrow’s preview, I’ll share the next chapter in the ‘Heart’ of school leadership: Culture and Ethos.

Wholesome Leadership is now on sale for pre-order and will be published around the 22nd of May 2018. You can read some of the early reviews or find out how to order here –  www.wholesomeleadershipbook.com