The skills of leading in a multicultural environment are different to those in more monocultural environments because of the additional complexity brought about by cultural differences. In International schools in Africa, where a range of cultures tend to populate the staff rooms, Headteachers need to take this into account if they are to lead effectively. By modifying their own leadership style to suit their environment, they not only show great leadership but also are far more likely to succeed in their leadership objectives.
There is huge potential for the whole CPD landscape to change to be far more engaging, dynamic and community based, than it currently is. But it will take the buy-in from schools who are willing to take a leap of faith to turn this potential into a reality.
A school is not just a building where knowledge is shared between people; it is often seen as the very heart of a community. To build such an institution takes vision and dedication on the part of the leadership. The Jacaranda Foundation is a school that has this in spades.
This article explores the interlink between leadership and wellbeing; more specifically how the opportunity to develop and learn leadership skills can benefit employees and therefore, improve their wellbeing at work.
This article looks at an experience that many people reading this article probably have little or no experience of, yet the strategies are very clear and very effective. How dog ‘mushers’ (those who drive dog sleds) manage their teams is intuitive, clear and based on principles that they, and their dog teams, understand. As leaders we can learn a bit about our teams and their dynamics by watching this ancient sport.
One of the key factors that sits at the heart of good leadership is the ability to build empathy within the team. Leaders who understand their teams know how to do this by working with their team members, empowering them and facilitating the building of professional and positive relationships, not only between the leader and the team members, but between the members themselves.