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College leaders: the heroes we need, but don’t deserve

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Bonnie Tyler was famously holding out for a hero. She had some very specific targets for him: he had to be strong, he had to be fast, and he had to be fresh from the fight.

But did she ever think about the strain that these high expectations was putting on her mystery man?

And is the assumption that the person you need is a hero helpful in any walk of life?

To mark World Mental Health Day, Stuart Rimmer, principal and chief executive of East Coast College talked about the damaging myth of heroic leadership and how it was affecting people in the sector.

“Working in a senior role in a college ...

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