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Middle leadership: Six leadership styles

In a five-part series on middle leadership, Adam Riches will be offering advice and tips on excelling in all aspects of this vital role in schools. In article two, he looks at six middle leadership styles

There are a number of different ways in which you can lead in school and depending on your capacity there is a variety of approaches you may take (or may be required to take).

Your own leadership style will depend very heavily on the ethos and vision of your school or wider trust, your own personality traits, and the requirements of your role.

Middle leadership requires you to be adaptable, versatile and most importantly motivational for those who you work most closely with. Often, on a day-to-day basis, those you manage will be directly affected by your leadership style.

Knowing what kind of leadership style is required for a task to be completed is of paramount importance – it can mean the difference between success and failure. Different situations and scenarios require different approaches and selecting and applying the right type of leadership can have a huge impact on your own workload and the workload of others, not to mention their morale and motivation.

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