How to tackle troublemakers on your SLT

When a senior leadership team is dysfunctional, the whole school suffers. To put things right, explains Keziah Featherstone, you first need to identify those SLT members causing problems – and they may well be one of these usual suspects

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Running a senior leadership team can be a dangerous business. I’ve seen it all: bitchy nicknames, undermining emails, spreading false gossip, taking credit for other people’s work, actively briefing against collaborating with colleagues and sinking potentially great initiatives before they’ve barely been launched – not to mention chocolate Hobnobs being thrown across the room at me (yes, this really happened once).

When things go wrong in a senior leadership team, they really go wrong, to the point where flying Hobnobs are the least of your worries. At their worst, persistent disagreements and ...

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