One of the actions from the LESNW strategic goals has been the co-development and co-leadership of the Leadership Labs.
Last week the final Lab 1.0 sessions for 2021 occurred with Michelle Keller and Kelvin Grivell co-leading the principal and senior leader Lab and Bec Clements and Stephen Jude and co-leading the middle level leaders Labs.
The practical insights, vulnerability, reflective thinking, commitment to the learning of others, and self-awareness of these principals and heads of school was inspiring. Here is a small sample of feedback received from the participants about the value of these Leadership Learning Labs.
‘I’ve been challenged to be in less of ‘hurry’ to arrive at change, and rather lead my group through the ‘U’ process and creating a shared vision for what we are trying to achieve and a shared understanding of how we can work towards it’.
‘I feel like I’m growing in my ability to release assumptions/suspend judgement. I’m building a great range of tools and skills that I hope to keep developing, including self-reflection and deep listening skills’.
‘I have loved the opportunity to hear about what others are doing and be in a space where others care about the work I am doing. The encouragement and feedback from others has been amazing. Working with leaders and co-leaders has given depth and practical applications to the theories and strategies being presented’.
‘I have learnt that I do not need to be the hero. I do not have to save anyone but instead develop a system of leadership which engages everyone to have common goals and the desire to build the capacity of the school and connect with the community’.
‘If LESNW focus on our aspirations then the future of our system is a positive one where we are all better connected, working together and gaining strength from each other. I look forward to seeing the direction this will take’.
‘The case studies from Bec and Steve, and their generosity in giving us 4 days out of their own leadership time to be part of the lab. They haven’t just popped in for a visit, they committed to the full journey’.
‘As a leaders I have been supported, provided with tools, given space for reflection and had my thinking challenged. I have reflected on my leadership options and role and the emerging challenges’.
‘Better understanding of self as a leader, better understanding of systems leadership, a brilliant range of tools and case studies to reflect on and learn from’.
‘It would be wonderful to maintain these connections and to have the opportunity to continue with this lab because of the bonds and connections formed this year. The professional discussion that has occurred shows that there is so much more still to learn’.