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The power of coaching leadership styles

Adopting a coaching leadership style in your school can yield a range of benefits for you and your team. Frances Robertson explains


Life in school is busy to say the least. The pace of the day is fast and certainly leaders and staff in schools must be agile in their thinking and decision-making. As a school leader you face these challenges daily. There are seven different styles of leadership that you might adopt to help you meet these challenges:

There are good points to each of these styles and indeed all can be valid in certain situations. For example, the autocratic “do as I say” is not popular in much of current leadership thinking, however if a critical decision needs to be made on the spot then as a leader you will not consult the team.

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