Climbing the ladder of success: Part 2

Following on from our Part 1 feature, assistant headmaster Richard Corner shares his bits of advice that have served him well so far

10 tips for climbing the leadership ladder

1. Classroom comes first

Never lose focus on what goes on in your own classroom. Lead by example in everything you do.

2. WHOLE SCHOOL INITIATIVES

Whole school roles give you a greater breadth of experience compared to working in one department. Get involved.

3. EVIDENCE YOUR IMPACT

Keep a record of what you are doing and the impact it’s having. Be reflective.

4. DEVELOPMENTAL FEEDBACK

When giving feedback to colleagues, identify areas for improvement but, more importantly, give suggestions of how it can be done.

5. BE SOLUTION FOCUSED

It’s very easy for people to sit in staff rooms, find problems and moan about them. Be the one to suggest solutions and make them happen.

6. STAY UP TO DATE

Set aside time, no matter how small to read up on leadership / management books or documents.

7. THE JOB AFTER THE NEXT JOB

Think about what skills and experience you need for the job after the next one. If you make sure you’re prepared, you will progress quickly.

8. NETWORK WELL

Don’t just surround yourself with like-minded people that are the same age and have the same interests and ambitions as yourself.

9. WORK AMONGST FRIENDS

We can’t and won’t be friends with everyone, but it makes work a lot more enjoyable if you have some good friends to turn to.

10. SWITCH OFF

Make sure you find time shut down, whether it be in the evening or at weekends. You must get some rest.