• Carolyn Stuart

Looking After Leadership Wellbeing

Updated: Apr 3

At times of great disruption, and we are certainly in one of those right now, people trust leaders to give them hope, direction, and comfort. In times of crisis the future wellbeing of an organisation rests squarely on the shoulders of its leaders.

But leaders are human too, and it is easy to fall into the trap of being so busy offering hope, direction and support to others that you don’t notice how much your role as leader is impacting your own wellbeing. This is not to say that at times leadership isn’t a lonely and self-sacrificing job, but if you continue to give out to others without ensuring that you have a way of keeping your own tank filled up, it will in time run dry. There is a reason aeroplane safety briefings instruct you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others!

I well remember, early in my first principalship, that feeling of constantly giving out to others and while at the start I found this quite exhilarating, over time I realised that in order to be the leader others needed me to be, I had to keep my own tank full so that I had something of value to give. For me tank-filling came from connection with other leaders; leaders’ meetings where you could share how you were feeling, receive some brain food, and hear ideas that might help solve some of your complexity.

I’m guessing that at this time of Covid Rāhui, filling your professional tank through connection with other leaders has not been high on your list!!! But it is really important to attend to your own wellbeing, if you are going to last the distance of this world changing event.

With this in mind my friend Judy Bruce and I are planning a free event called Leaders’ Connect 2020. It is a virtual connect for leaders, designed with all the elements of a regular leaders’ get-together but delivered online via Zoom

Lucy Horne

We are delighted that Dr Lucy Hone, author of The Educators’ Guide to Building Whole-School Wellbeing has agreed to speak as part of Leaders’ Connect 2020. Lucy is a research associate at AUT University, and she is also co-director and founder of the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience. Lucy combines theory with real-world experience to help people navigate useful, context relevant and ‘sticky’ (sustainable) change.

AND the good news is that you are invited.

It is free and happening next Monday 6 April between 4:00 - 4:50 pm. You can register for Leaders' Connect 2020 by clicking on this link. Be quick as numbers are limited and places are filling up fast.

As well as helping to fill your wellbeing tank Leaders Connect 2020 is also a chance for you to experience how you might be able to virtually support your team in this next season.

Even if you can’t join us next Monday, can I encourage you to take action towards ensuring your own well-being? The Covid Rāhui is going to be a marathon, not a sprint, and for the sake of those we lead we need to ensure that we attend to our own wellbeing so we are able to serve the needs of those we lead.

Til next time, or Monday 6 April for those that can join us

Kia kaha


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