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Is School Leadership For Me?

Does the opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of learning in Ireland intrigue you? WILL Network founders, Dr. Kathryn Corbett and Rachel O’ Connor, offer a roadmap for those aspiring to take the next step in their education journey.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.
When you become a leader, success is all about growing others

Jack Welch.

Embarking on the journey toward educational leadership is both exhilarating and daunting. Aspiring leaders in education across Ireland often find themselves at a crossroads, contemplating the steps needed to fulfil their potential and make a meaningful impact in the field. If you’re one of these individuals, navigating this path requires careful consideration, self-reflection, and strategic planning.

Adult educator thinking about the future

Here’s a roadmap to help guide you through your aspirations and prepare you for the challenges and adventures ahead.

Before diving into leadership roles, it’s crucial to cultivate a clear image of what leadership means to you. Reflect on your values, principles, and vision for education.

  • Are you passionate about fostering innovation in teaching methods?
  • Do you prioritise inclusivity and diversity in educational settings?

Defining your leadership identity will not only guide your decisions but also inspire confidence in those you lead.

Continuous learning is fundamental for effective leadership. Explore the many resources available to expand your knowledge and skills.

Podcasts like “Lead the Way” and “Leadership Unwrapped” offer insightful discussions on various leadership topics, providing valuable perspectives from seasoned professionals.

Additionally, immerse yourself in literature that delves into educational leadership, such as “Primal Leadership” by Daniel Goleman or “The Principal: Three Keys to Maximising Impact” by Michael Fullan.

Keep a keen eye on platforms that advertise leadership positions in the education sector. Websites like publicjobs.ie and educationposts.ie regularly feature job openings in schools, colleges, and educational institutions across Ireland.

Subscribe to newsletters and mailing lists to stay updated on the latest opportunities. Networking with fellow educators and leaders can also provide valuable insights and potential mentorship opportunities.

Preparation is Key

When the time comes to apply for leadership roles, thorough preparation is essential. Familiarise yourself with the application process, which often includes submitting detailed forms outlining your qualifications, experiences, and vision for the role.

Take the time to tailor your application to each specific opportunity, highlighting relevant achievements and addressing key selection criteria.

Seek feedback from mentors or peers to fine-tune your application and enhance your chances of success.

Embarking on a leadership journey in education is not merely about attaining a title or position of authority. It’s about making a lasting impact on students, educators, and the broader community.

Embrace the challenges, setbacks, and triumphs along the way, knowing that each experience contributes to your growth as a leader. Stay true to your values, remain open to learning, and lead with empathy and integrity.

In conclusion, aspiring leaders in education in Ireland are poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of learning. By crafting a clear leadership identity, leveraging valuable resources, staying informed, and preparing diligently, you can navigate the path toward leadership with confidence and purpose.

Remember, leadership is not a destination but a journey of continuous growth and transformation.

Over to you…

  • Start a Leadership Portfolio…(more to come on this) – we recommend something easy to use online such as Padlet.
  • Fill out an application form!

If you are interested in taking a leap into education leadership then also consider subscribing to the WILL network newsletter or follow the WILL network on X (formerly Twitter) for ideas, inspiration and event news

WILL Network

Founded by Dr. Kathryn Corbett & Rachel O' Connor, The WILL Network (Women In Learning & Leadership) provides a network for aspiring and inspiring female teacher leaders in Ed. To support, share and learn from each other!

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