Imperfect Leadership and Leading on the Edge
with Steve Munby


ACEL InConversation - Steve Munby


Dates

Webinar 1 - 19 Oct 2021
Webinar 2 - 26 Oct 2021
Webinar 3 - 2 Nov 2021


Series Cost

Non Member - $290
ACEL Member - $270

Combine and Save*
$430
*Receive a discount when you combine your registration with a new ACEL membership


Group Rates (5+)

Non Member - $275 pp
ACEL Member - $255 pp

Steve Munby will be joining us in October and November for a series of three webinars focusing on Imperfect Leadership. This follows on from Steve’s 2019 book “Imperfect Leadership – A book for leaders who know they don’t know it all”.

The webinars will focus on the idea that leaders as experts in every facet of leadership is unrealistic and explore the principles of imperfect leadership. As teachers and leaders improve their practice by “doing”, Steve will reveal what leaders can do to ensure a culture of development and how, at school level, everyone is improving their practice. The final webinar will also look at the paradoxes within education and how leaders can approach the divides within their school, including between academic excellence and equity.

Steve Munby

Steve Munby is a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform. Based in the UK, he works with governments and with groups of schools around the word.

He has spent his whole career in education, commencing as a secondary school teacher in Birmingham, England and later becoming Director of Education for Knowsley Local Education Authority in Merseyside.

Steve was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England for 8 years and then Chief Executive of Education Development Trust, an international education charity working in Asia, India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.   Steve is also the facilitator for the ARC summits (education systems from around the world committed to equity, excellence, well-being and social justice).

He is Visiting Professor at University College London, Centre for Educational Leadership, Honorary Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope University and Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust. He has written several articles and think-pieces.  His book “Imperfect Leadership – A book for leaders who know they don’t know it all” was published by Crown House in July 2019.


Each Webinar will include:

•  Pre-session opportunity to send questions to Steve
•  Q&A time during the session using the Chat Bar
•  Online live with Steve Munby
•  ACEL Webinar support team
•  Journal Articles for pre-reading and to review later

Attending the Webinars

You will be emailed a personal link to each webinar the day prior to the event. It is advised that you attend the webinar 10 minutes before commencement to avoid missing any content.

If you have any questions please contact workshops@acel.org.au or call 02 8396 0800.

Webinar 1:
An Introduction to the Principles of Imperfect Leadership


Date:
Tuesday 19th October 2021


Time:
4.00pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
3.30pm [SA]
3.00pm [QLD]
2.30pm [NT]
1.00pm [WA]
6.00pm [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

Too often we hear talks or read books about perfect leaders; super-hero leaders who are hugely successful and are exceptionally good at what they do.  It is supposed to inspire us, but it actually has the reverse effect.   Building on the ideas in his 2019 book:  Imperfect Leadership  -  a book for leaders who know they don’t know it all, Steve will argue that the concept that we need to be good at all aspects of leadership is not only unrealistic, it is bad for the mental and physical well-being of leaders.   The more we seek to become the perfect leader, the more likely we are to make ourselves ill and to disempower those around us.  The more we think we know it all, the less likely we are to manage the range of education paradoxes that need to be addressed and to take our staff with us.  In contrast, imperfect leaders have a deep self-awareness, they know their strengths and weaknesses.  They value their teams, they distribute leadership responsibility and they build trust amongst their colleagues.  They ask for help, they manage their ego and they lead with love as well as with power.  They lead on the edge.   If we want our leadership to be effective and sustainable then we should celebrate the fact that we are imperfect leaders.

Each session will include some questions for self-reflection and a choice of activities to try out to improve your own leadership.

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Webinar 2:
Learning-Centred Leadership


Date:
Tuesday 26th October 2021


Time:
4.00pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
3.30pm [SA]
3.00pm [QLD]
2.30pm [NT]
1.00pm [WA]
6.00pm [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

We know that most teachers learn to improve their practice by teaching and most leaders learn to improve their practice by leading. But we also know that experienced teachers and leaders can often struggle to change their established ways of doing things. What can we do as leaders in schools to ensure a culture of development and improvement for teachers and leaders – including those who are not like us?  Building on some of the principles of imperfect leadership, this session will consider what we know about the differences between novices and experts in teaching and in leadership and what we can do, at school level, to ensure that everyone is able to improve their practice, including, of course, ourselves.

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Webinar 3:
Leading on the Edge


Date:
Tuesday 2nd November 2021


Time:
4.00pm [NSW, VIC, TAS, ACT]
3.30pm [SA]
3.00pm [QLD]
2.30pm [NT]
1.00pm [WA]
6.00pm [New Zealand]

Duration:
1 Hour

In an increasingly divided world, how can leaders manage the complexity of different and seemingly opposing aspects of education?  How can leaders go about tackling conflicting views within their school/organisation?

In particular, how can school and educational leaders manage the apparent paradox of academic excellence and equity?  How do we stay optimistic in our leadership but also demonstrate down-to-earth pragmatism.

Building on the principle that imperfect leaders know they don’t know it all, this session will consider how school leaders can hold the discomfort of paradox and lead on the edge.

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