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If they’re not being followed, leaders are just going for a walk

When nearly all staff are listed on the ‘extended senior leadership team’, it’s time to question what it takes to truly influence others and get colleagues to share a vision, writes Christian Pountain

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Do we have too many school leaders and not enough leadership? I pondered this question recently, as I watched students at my school receive their Young Leaders Awards. We now have more than 600 students – virtually every child in three year groups – who are officially young leaders. We are, of course, delighted with their achievements, and very happy with the content of the scheme, which aims to empower young people to make a difference in their local community while also developing leadership skills. But this does raise questions: how can we have so many leaders without any followers? Are ...

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