The SecEd Podcast: How to be a calm school leader

What is “calm leadership” and how can this philosophy help middle and senior leaders in schools to be effective and inspiring in their roles? We chat to Patrick Cozier, the long-serving headteacher of Highgate Wood School, about his philosophy of calm leadership and how it has enabled him to thrive and survive during the trials of headship.
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In a nine-article SecEd series last year, Patrick described his calm leadership approach, discussing what being a calm leader looks like in practice and the many elements involved, including empathy, listening, honesty, integrity, humility, trust, and so much more.

The series is now being turned into a new education book and in this episode of the podcast we chat to Patrick to get practical insights into what calm leadership involves and how we can all aspire to be “calmer” in our leadership approaches in schools.

We discuss the challenges of leadership and how to deal with them in a calm and reasoned way, including the paranoia of leadership, imposter syndrome, when doubt sets in, handling difficult moments, and difficult conversations.

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