Yesterday at the Leading Successful School Conference, we ended the day reflecting on our leadership preferences. Whilst I had trouble seeing the presentation from the position I was seated in the room, I could vaguely make out a four compass point diagram. Each of the directions, North, South, East and West referred to a different leadership tendency.
NORTH – Let’s do it! Likes to act, try things, plunge in.
EAST - Speculating – likes to look at the big picture and the possibilities before acting.
SOUTH – Caring – likes to know that everyone’s feelings have been taken into consideration and that their voices have been heard before acting.
WEST – Paying attention to detail – likes to know the who, what when, where and why before acting.
Speaking with a colleague of mine, I asked her which she thought I was (as I couldn’t read the screen). She thought I was inclined to point SOUTH. Upon reflection I can understand her choice for me, as I believe I am in the early stages of building teamwork and collaboration in my school. Working together, listening to each other, supporting collaboration and decision making is key to the work I am doing in my school at the moment. With this, trust can evolve and strengthen, and ultimately a collective vision for the future can start to unfold.