Authentic Leadership is an Evaluation Framework authored by Viv Grant, Director, Integrity Coaching. Working in partnership with Bluewave, Viv has created this challenging and insightful approach which is aimed at individual Headteachers or those on the journey to headship.
Our framework will enable you to reflect upon the work of psychologist Abraham Maslow and direct you in using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to assess levels of well-being and capacity for flourishing as a Head teacher. Maslow hypothesized with his Hierarchy of Needs, that individuals could only ever fulfil their potential i.e. self-actualise, if certain other needs had been given priority to and been satisfied.
Authenticity is a key component of successful school leadership. Yet, very little time is given to helping school leaders understand the emotional and psychological factors that impact on personal levels of authenticity. For authenticity to be a true hallmark of successful school leadership, school leaders need to understand the link between school improvement and their own personal development.
It is our belief that every Head teacher wishes to thrive and to lead a learning community in which all pupils and adults flourish and achieve their full potential. Head teachers go to great lengths to create the environments in which both pupils and those they lead and manage can fulfil their ambitions. However, too few Heads focus on creating the conditions necessary for their own growth and development.