Friday, 4 May 2018

Don't Doubt Yourself!

At this time of year many teachers will be thinking of taking the leap into a different leadership post for September. One concern that can hold people back is the worry about coping with the challenge of establishing your identity and presence again within a new environment. Although each situation, post and person is very different, there are some common themes which can be drawn out.

Read the full Susan Ritchie article here

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?

How do I stop feeling like an imposter?
Research shows that as many of 70% of leaders will feel like they shouldn’t be in the role they're in. Imposter Syndrome refers to feelings of being a fake and a fraud, that we don’t deserve our success and we’ll never replicate it. It can be career-limiting stuff and especially potent in the early days of a new role when it will take the wind out of your sails. There is an article in the Huffington post which gives 7 tips on how to cope: click here

I don’t think my new team like me! What can I do?
Connecting with your new team quickly, and building relationships with them will be high on your list of things to do in the first 100 days. Getting to know anyone can be a challenge, and here is a guest post I wrote, with 7 Ways to Build Business Rapport that will enable you to create the culture of your team from the outset. A useful reminder for anyone who’s been leading their team for some time too!

I’m not sure who I am as a leader! How do I get used to this new ‘me’?
New roles demand new things of you – qualities that you may still need to develop, behaviours that may initially feel uncomfortable and alien to you and a new way of ‘being’ that your team and your bosses will be expecting to see. This can be confusing and quite daunting. Understanding how to be an authentic leader and still be able to change and respond to your new role is a crucial piece of learning. None of us are set in stone – we’re not the same people we were when we joined the workforce – however many years ago that may be. This article, The Key to Being an Authentic Leader, will help you to make sense of seemingly conflicting demands on you as a leader.

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