"Whether you are the president of a company or the janitor, the moment you step from independence into interdependence in any capacity, you step into a leadership role."
John Whitmore - 'Coaching for Performance'
Coaching is recognised as one of the most important and essential leadership skills within education.*
Many leaders experience loneliness and a high sense of vulnerability.
At times they are in conflict with 'those above' and unable to lead with their heart as well as their head.
Sometimes this misalignment in values or beliefs is a threat to their future!
Leaders need someone neutral to support and challenge them, so that they can be creative and insightful in their positions of responsibility.
Coaching can have a highly positive impact on the self-belief and confidence of those in positions of leadership, which in turn impacts on the support and development they give others in the organisation.
*Sustaining a Vital Profession' report by CollectiveEd 2020
What strengths do you notice about yourself as a leader? How do you sustain these?
How do you manage your inner critic or the 'imposter' within you?
How much are you able to lead from the heart and live your values and beliefs?
How clear are you about your purpose and goals as a leader?
What strategies do you have for managing difficult conversations and feedback?
When was the last time someone listened to you without judgement?
Leadership coaching has made a huge difference to me in my role.
In fact, it is one of the main reasons I am still here!
I have learned to much about myself as a leader - recognising my strengths and also being able to identify my weaknesses with someone who sits by my side without any judgement at all.
With Sue, I know the space is confidential and supportive.
I also know that I am going to be challenged in a positive way;
Sue is highly perceptive and is able to reflect back not only what I say, but my feelings underneath my words.
Many a time, we have explored my beliefs at a much deeper level than I could do my myself
and discovered blindspots - and also strengths I didn't know I had!
I would highly recommend that all leaders work with a really good coach -
and in my opinion, Sue is definitely one of the best!
Simon White - Headteacher, Kent
Common themes that school leaders
bring to coaching...
Vision and values
Personal and organisational goals
Dealing with stakeholders
Leading with authenticity
Having 'difficult' conversations
Health/wellbeing for self and others
Lack of confidence/Imposter Syndrome
Speaking in public
Interdependence and delegation
Balancing work and out-of-work life
Managing feedback and criticism
can be face-to-face,
or a blended approach.
Coaching packages provide ongoing support and clear connections between sessions.
6 (half-termly) sessions with pre-coaching set-up, mid-point review and end-point review
3 (termly) sessions with pre-coaching set-up and end-point review
Coaching session duration:
Mid/end-point review: 30 minutes
Pre-coaching set-up includes questionnaire
and 1 hour coaching plan session
FOR NEW SCHOOL LEADERS
'First 100 Days of Leadership' Coaching Package
- Finding/settling into your 'leader' identity
- Goal setting/achievements in the first 100 days
- Strategising for the present and future
4 hourly sessions plus email support
* DISCOUNTED RATES AVAILABLE WHERE BUDGET CONSTRAINTS ARE SEVERE