Our training with Cornwall and Devon headteachers last week was very well received, and it made us think about the positive impact which Optimistic Leadership has in schools.

Our research shows that when schools use the optimistic Leadership approach, staff become rapidly far better motivated, and the leadership attributes of key staff are swiftly enhanced, and recognised by others.

We’ll add a page to our website shortly specifically about Optimistic Leadership since it is becoming so popular [14 schools have worked with us in September], but meanwhile, here are the basics.

Optimistic Leadership involves three core activities:

  • Leading with reasoned optimism
  • Motivating your teams
  • Communicating effectively

All of this is part of our work in Meta-Cognition and Resilience. Specifically it’s about asking ourselves why we do what we do, what effect it has on those we work with and lead, and how we can ensure that what we want to achieve is communicated and put into effect.

When we work with schools we always emphasise that Optimnistic Leadership works on three levels: as a head or member of key staff it’s important to understand the key points and utilise them in your work; secondly, we need to cascade the knowledge and skills to the other people in our teams, so they too are leading optimistically; thirdly, we need to pass the skills on to those we teach.

In future posts we will discuss each of the three areas in turn, but do please get in touch if you would like to have more details, or to discuss training.

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