Adam Riches

Why being a ‘hero’ leader is bad for your teachers

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The ‘I’ll just do it’ leadership approach isn’t sustainable, insists Adam Riches, who says struggling staff need to develop the confidence to solve problems themselves

Why being a ‘hero’ leader is bad for your teachers

It seems like the obvious thing to do. The NQT is clearly struggling with the demands of preparing a unit of work for your whole-department planning. As her line manager, you want to alleviate that stress. So you do the most helpful thing you can think of: you offer to take over and finish the unit, freeing the NQT up to concentrate on her own work.

Whether you are a senior leader or a middle leader, it can be difficult to know how to deal with the problems that people you line-manage encounter. Often, simply taking the problem away seems like the best solution; even if it adds to your own ...

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