As Jim Collins states in ‘Good to Great’ its all about getting the right people on the right bus, going in the right direction. I have to admit to feeling blessed with a fantastic leadership team which is, for me, the most important factor in school leadership.
It isn’t an easy task to find the right people, and getting those people into the right positions can be even harder. Leadership teams are usually inherited, you don’t often walk into a new headship to be told your first job is to recruit your own team (if only!) If the team you inherit share your vision and philosophy then you’re very fortunate, agreeing common goals is usually one of your first staff meetings. Getting everyone onboard can be a huge challenge but with the right leadership team in place to help achieve this, the job is much easier.
The right leadership team isn’t numerous different versions of you, it’s about completing the whole. I know where my strengths lie and I know where other members of the leadership team excel. Part of a great team is that level of understanding, knowing the individual parts and how they contribute to the whole . It’s important to be challenged by those around you, to have a critical ear as well as a supportive one. The best leadership teams provide the right balance of both. When I reflect on my role as a headteacher, I know that the most important decisions I have made so far, have been the appointments of those I work closest with, the leadership team.