Best Practice

Developing your leadership talent

A programme to develop and manage leadership talent at Ninestiles School led to excellent leadership opportunities for young staff as well as an injection of new ways of working across the school. Principal Christine Quinn explains.

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in front of parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.” Attributed to Socrates by Plato in Plato’s The Republic: Book IV.

I came across this quote when I was reading up about generational differences. In a very accessible paper, Michael Jenkins and Alex Swarbrick from the Roffey Park leadership institute argue that developing and retaining people from each generation requires subtly different tactics and strategies. 

Though, as Socrates and Plato seem to suggest, older generations find it easy to see the current generation as having abandoned “accepted” (or what they consider to be “accepted”) standards.

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