Challenge & Support – message for HTs / Governors
Reblogged from Governing Matters
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Below I am reproducing those parts of blog post which I think are pertinent to governors. I think governors would benefit from knowing that Heads value both support and challenge. Or at least good Heads do!
Something for Chairs of Governing Bodies: Ros terms these the “golden rules” of leadership. These are just as important for the Chair as they are for the Head.
- Never ask someone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.
- Model behaviours you wish to see in others in ALL interactions.
- Be prepared to admit mistakes.
- Deal with the urgent urgently, and give time to the important.
- Never pass the buck and deal with the most difficult people yourself.
- Be generous with your time.
- Don’t make excuses.
- Tell the truth.
Now something for all governors to remember:
- If an academy or school knows its community well, understands its mission, has robust self-evaluation procedures and effective governance, then it should have the self confidence to “keep calm and carry on”.
- High levels of challenge / High levels of support: There isn’t much to say about this other than you have to do both.
- What [is sometimes] dressed as support [is] nothing of the kind – it [is] lack of challenge, and this damage[s] everyone.
- It is impossible to have high levels of support without high levels of challenge.
- Great moral purpose (I believe and I’m sure you will all agree that governing bodies and governors need to have a moral purpose to all that we do). We are not about personal credibility or ambition; we are about service, and this comes from our great moral purpose
Thank you to Ros for a brilliant post. Her governing body is lucky to have a Principal who understands the concepts of support and challenge. Her blog post should be required reading for all heads!