Posted by: Joyce Matthews   |   3 Comments   |  Posted on: May 31, 2014

#unschoolleaders#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.

3 Comments to #unschoolleaders

  1. seema goyal
    June 6, 2014 5:58 am

    hi joyce
    its good to read about your extensive research on the unusual topic that you have chosen on school leaders or so to say the followers. If we could read more on this which site should we go in please let me know on my email

  2. Oycie Povo
    June 9, 2014 7:29 pm

    Your approach to leadership is an excellent eye-opener to traditional leadership in schools. I truly believe if one wants to see change for the better one has to walk the talk. Walking the talk begins with developing relationships, understanding others as you want to be understood. Once a leader achieves this, making changes for the right reasons becomes meaningful, worthwhile and long lasting. The changes you want to bring about through your leadership, need to include the common good, it could be a tough path with resistance to start with, but when the other sees what you are trying to do, lead with a genuine heart it all works out in the end. That is what leadership is all about. Wishing your #unschoolleaders the very best.

  3. Sandra Campos
    June 18, 2014 1:20 am

    A 21st century educational leader has an amazing opportunity to embark his/her followers in a rewarding experience. In order to do so, he/she will need to take the time to get to know his/her followers well, both personally and professionally, will need to recognize their unique talents and strengths, will need to effectively communicate his/her expectations, and will need to respectfully hold the team responsible for success.
    A school leader should be a source of inspiration to all teachers under his/her leadership. Hope the new generation of leaders can make a real impact in the lives of their followers so that the passion for teaching remains in the hearts of the teachers, the joy for learning is alive in students lives, and the pride of parents in the process and the results is evident.

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