Leadership is resolutely about relationships.
This is the number one takeaway from Mary Myatt’s 2016 book, High Challenge, Low Threat. Described by Schools Week editor, Laura McInerney, as ‘a cult must-have among education professionals’, the book explores what wise leaders do, and how they can create an environment where staff flourish.
Don’t expect to find abstract leadership ideas, theories and venn diagrams, however. Myatt draws on her 20 years’ experience in schools to offer practical support for leaders. ‘Myatt’s humility and experience shines through and she gives excellent advice,’ says Claire Cuthbert, chief executive of Evolve Trust.
It’s a short, fascinating read that reflects the energy and spirit Myatt shows when she speaks. There is plenty to discuss about the book and the author – who worked in PR and ran her own ice cream business before she started teaching – so it’s brilliant to have Myatt join us for this month’s book club.
We will be online on Thursday 9 November 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm with Myatt to discuss her book, High Challenge, Low Threat and school leadership more widely. It’s entirely open and we would love for as many of you as possible to take part. There are three ways you can join in:
- On Twitter, use and follow the hashtag #CCTbookclub
- We will start a thread on our Facebook page that you will be able to comment and respond to
- Feel free to comment in the comments section below this article.
You can talk about anything that struck you in the book. We have included some principles and advice from the book below – these are ripe for discussion, but they aren’t prescriptive so if there is another aspect you would like to discuss or question, please do so. We have suggested:
- No-one sets out to do a bad job
- We all want to be taken seriously
- We are humans first, professionals second
- We can take the truth, as long as the work is separated from the person.
See you online on Thursday 9th November 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.