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"Thursday Thinking"

©2019 by Weaving Futures. 

  • Carolyn Stuart

Investing in Yourself

Is the honeymoon over at your place?

When I was a principal I would find that, for the first couple of weeks of the year, there was a honeymoon period, with very few behaviour issues to manage. About week three the honeymoon would suddenly be over and you’d find yourself, knee deep and dealing with all sorts of interesting situations.

I hope that the honeymoon lasted longer than three weeks for you, but I suspect it hasn’t. If you are a typical school leader by now you’ll be dealing with unpleasant phone calls, sleep disturbed by worry and community rumours circulating about your school. And as a typical leader, you are probably doing your very best to provide air cover for your staff so that they can get on and do the job they were hired for i.e. being amazing classroom teachers.

As leaders we constantly give of ourselves, investing in the team, supporting, listening, asking questions, coaching others to be the very best version of themselves.

But what about yourself? Do you invest in yourself as much as you invest in your team? Do you dream about having someone in your professional life who helps you in the same way that you help others?

Imagine having a confidential sounding board, someone who is there solely to support you as you lead others, someone you can confide in knowing that your conversation will go no further; someone to bounce ideas off, someone who will give you a fresh perspective so you don’t spend your nights lying awake worrying. Someone who will help you set professional goals and then coach you to achieve them.

Sadly, most school leaders assign the idea of leadership coaching as a nice to have but not a priority. Budgets are tight and leaders generally feel guilty about spending money on themselves. But think of the potential cost of not investing in yourself as a leader. What if the stress of the job causes you to take extended sick leave, to quit, or to make an unwise decision and the school ends up with a significant legal bill - all of these scenarios would result in costs to your school that were far greater than an investment in coaching for you.

Another reason leaders give for not having a leadership coach is that they don’t have time. Yes, being a school leader takes up all the time you can give, but a great leadership coach can give you back time through helping you refine approaches and strategies.

At Weaving Futures we are always looking for new and interesting ways to support leaders.

To this end we have developed a cost effective online coaching service

that you can access from a place and at a time to fit in with your other commitments.

We work relationally with a coaching method that balances both support and challenge. This diagram from Joan Dalton and David Anderson’s work illustrates our approach well.

We offer the following three types of coaching:

If you’d love this to be the year that you finally start investing in yourself

then fill in this form I’m Interested and we’ll be in touch.