Leading in a time of challenge

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By Nicki Allman

This article explores how to lead a school in times of challenge, focusing on two leadership strategies – the critical path analysis and the Eisenhower matrix.

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When you are responsible for so many young people and staff, it can be ‘full on’ even on the most normal days (whatever constitutes normal in your school!). However, the last two- and a-bit years have increased the challenge as things outside anyone’s control have overtaken day-to-day planning. The Covid19 pandemic, followed by the soaring cost of living and energy prices, has led to school leaders dealing with more external pressures than ever before. This pressure can feel overwhelming, and the sense of responsibility for a school community can weigh heavily on a school leader’s shoulders. However, there are things that can offset the pressure, if not remove it altogether.

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