I had an inspiring day @TheKeySupport Performance Management Conference today and came across for the second time in 24hours, a quote that has caused me to reflect deeply on what it is we are trying to secure as Senior Leaders in schools.
@johntomsett shared this quote which I had also received as a text this morning by one of the @ROptimism team. It reads:
Just look after people!
'Too much sport operates under the tyranny of the result...the core principle at Saracens is that we gather talented people together, treat them unbelievably well and in return they try unbelievably hard. That is it. Everything else - winning or losing matches, winning or losing Cups - are just outcomes. They are not the primary aim. We exist to have a positive impact on as many people as possible'.
Edward Griffiths, CEO Saracens RFC
This quote represents a defining moment in shaping and consolidating my vision for Headship and will be a key component of any applications and interviews I am lucky enough to be invited to. My mission statement will be built upon 'better'. Better people - be it students, teachers, support staff, parents must be part of the core aim of any school community. In being better, everyone achieves and unlocks their full potential on the road to being exceptional.
I took some time out of school this morning to reflect on this and propose these slight tweaks to Edward Griffiths original statement. This will become my ultimate driver as senior leader.
Too much in education and school operates under the tyranny of the results and high stakes accountability structures. The core principle at the school I want to lead, is that we strive to gather talented people together, with the same core values and passion for our young people and we treat them unbelievably well. In return, they will try unbelievably hard to be exceptional in everything they do. That is it! Everything else, OFSTED, exam results, governmental change are secondary. They are not our primary aim. We exist to have a positive impact, nurturing and releasing the potential in as many young people and colleagues as possible.
This is a core driver, the leadership DNA that we live by in striving to do the best for the young people we are fortunate to serve, ensuring that colleagues are enabled to do everything in their power to be exceptional. In essence, ensuring everyone is focused on being better!
Better isn't a new concept and one of the @ROptimism key mantra's is 'how can we do it better?'. 'Better people make better All Blacks' we have already reflected on in a previous blog, so in essence, better leaders will enable better climates, better outcomes and therefore, better potential to be released in everyone.