#1MinCPD: Ready For Leadership?


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Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for... Read more about Hanna Beech

Are you wondering if you’re ready to step into leadership?

How do you move up the leadership ladder and more importantly, how do you know you are ready?

Leadership questions

Ask yourself these questions to review how ready you are to make the leap into leadership.

  1. Do have something to lead? It sounds obvious but you need to be confident about what you want to lead: a subject, a team, a group of pupils?
  2. Are you passionate? In leadership, you will most likely succeed when you have true passion for your aims.
  3. Are you knowledgeable? Even with all the passion in the world, if you don’t have enough expertise in the area you wish to lead you may end up feeling ill-equipped to support others effectively.
  4. Do you have time to commit? Leadership of any form requires a time commitment. Great senior leaders will allocate adequate time away from class for you to develop your area of leadership, but this isn’t always an option.
  5. Are your managerial skills up to scratch? If you are organised and keep to deadlines this will help you in leadership.
  6. Are you good with people? Every aspect of leadership involves working for and alongside people. Much of leadership is about managing people, showing empathy and being able to have difficult conversations when needed.

Why does this self-review work?

Developing into a leader is a wonderful step to take, but there are challenging aspects to leadership too. Taking time to think before you leap will drive you forward with confidence.

Tip

If you were put off by any of your responses, don’t be! Just find systems and people to ensure you address your areas for development and keep striving!


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