School leadership – the six secrets of success

Michael Fullan provided us with pretty important secrets for leadership 🙂

1. Love your employees as well as your customers – this is essential for productivity.
2. Connect peers with purpose this is how you give coherence and cohesivenessWe need direction plus flexibility from the centre. The secret glue of cohesion is peer interaction.
3. Bullying backfiresidentifying ineffectiveness without being punitive or pejorative in your actions.
4. Learning is the workbe careful – PD is a good way to avoid change! It’s about professional learning not professional development. We shouldn’t learn outside and apply it. It’s the difference between prescription and precision. It doesn’t work to simply make teachers autonomous. Precision means that some things are non-negotiable – and there is no conflict between precision and creativity. It’s the way you gravitate to those things that we know are effective.
5. Transparency rulesits about results and its about practice.
6. Systems Learningusing your knowledge while doubting what you know. Using humility while you move forward.

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  • 7 thoughts on “School leadership – the six secrets of success

    1. Pingback: The distinguishing features of a successful leader – vision and the desire to create change for the greater good of others | Learning Landscape

    2. Michael Fullan certainly puts leadership and teacher learning into perspective. I enjoyed listening to Michael last week. His research, ideas and vision for schooling is great. His secrets to success are so practical and relevant in today’s schools.

    3. Great stuff and thought provoking.
      ‘PD is a good way to avoid change! It’s about professional learning not professional development’.
      I am going to use this as a starter tomorrows in our professional ‘learning’ session. I have the Michael Fullan article but haven’t used it yet – thanks for the reference.
      Nice to have met you at navcon

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