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Calm leadership: What is it and why is it important?

All this year in SecEd, headteacher Patrick Cozier is writing about his approach to headship, which he has termed ‘calm leadership’. In this opening article he discusses his early days as a headteacher, imposter syndrome, and how he defines calm leadership


I started my first headship in September 2006, just 18 months after I had first become a deputy. It was sooner than I had anticipated, and it was scary.

I knew that I wanted to be a headteacher – this was my ambition from my early days as a teacher – however, I was not expecting it quite so soon. And the truth was, I was not quite ready for what I was taking on.

In the first three years of the job, I think I feared my own shadow! I was confident that I could learn quickly (and boy, did I have to!), but the journey was very challenging and stretched me in ways I did not imagine possible.

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