#Unschoolleaders – what’s that all about then? Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a typo, just another Twitter hashtag?
#Unschoolleaders is a new conversation about leaders in schools.
It’s a different perspective on leadership development in schools; from the point of view of the followers, the end ‘consumers’, the ‘customers’, the staff.
It’s about the skills, attitudes and behaviours you need to lead these people effectively – in a way that will get the most out of them, that will make them want to ‘follow’ or at least work with you.
It’s a different way of approaching the same old problem of developing leaders for the future.
It’s a change to the status quo, it’s thinking differently about leading in schools and how you keep developing it and making it even better than it is already. It’s the ‘Apple’ of school leadership development.
Who is it for? It’s for people who realize that leadership in schools is about leading people; a school is an inanimate object, an organization, an institution and as such you can’t ‘lead’ a school.
What you can do is provide leadership for the people who are in the school. #unschoolleaders are a new generation of leaders; ‘people’ people, innovators, creative thinkers, risk takers, teachers who are ready for a different approach to leadership.
#unschoolleaders are people who want to lead people, not buildings.
Why do we need to think differently? Because that’s what innovative leaders do – they don’t follow conventional wisdom they do things the unconventional way; they’re creative, they take risks, they keep moving forward. Traditional school leadership development tends to be written from the leader’s point of view and focusses on ‘what’ you have to do. #Unschoolleaders is about more than just knowing ‘what’ to do; it’s about learning ‘how’ to do it effectively from the followers point of view, because accumulating knowledge is not enough anymore. The process of leading is all about relationships with people: how you behave and communicate, and the emotions you evoke. #Unschoolleaders are ready for the next step; ready to learn and use the skills behind the theories and ready to see and feel the difference it makes.
It’s time for a new kind of conversation about leadership in schools, to put what you know into practice; to transfer concepts into specific behaviours to make others feel inspired.
As Maya Angelou said,
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
So if you’re ready to take a different look at leadership in school, #unschoolleaders is for you.
It’s time to stop leading schools and start leading the people in them.