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Leadership: Certainty in uncertain times

A new academic year dawns and we continue to live with the uncertainty of the pandemic. Dr Pooky Knightsmith offers us some simple ideas for leading with certainty in uncertain times

Within school, we are all leaders. Whether our responsibility lies with leading small groups of children or the running of several schools, we have all got people looking to us for direction. That can feel hard if we are feeling less than certain in our abilities or the situation, but the simple ideas below can be effective in helping to cut through the noise and can help you to be the leader that uncertain staff and children need during these complex times.

Comfortable with not knowing

While we would all love to know all the answers all the time, that is not possible even at the easiest of times; right now, it is downright impossible. That is frustrating and can lead to us feeling inadequate in our role as leaders. But if we acknowledge uncertainty and role-model how we respond to an ever-changing situation then we will be exactly the leaders our communities need right now. You could:

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