#WomenEd proudly hosted the above #SLTchat this weekend - the discussions were passionate and split the audience.
They were all centred around the topics, questions and concerns that had been raised in the last few months since the steering group self-formed:
I have pulled together the headlines below and some of the tips from those who contributed to the #SLTchat and to subsequent twitter conversations...
Tips for leaders for juggling responsibility and ambition with personal life and family time:
* Protect your wellbeing - maintain a healthy body and a healthy mind
* Make your partner a full partner - remember to #LeanInType or Add image
* Share domestic and familial responsibilities Add image
* Define your priorities
* Hold firm to what you will not compromise on
* Establish a support network
* Ensure a balance of time between professional and personal time
* Research your childcare options
* Lead by example in modelling how you ring-fence your time
* Respect the needs of others
* Learn to say 'No!'
* Develop your delegation skills
* Step back regularly to review and evaluate
* Does your school have a family ethos?
* Does your Headteacher promote a culture of work-life balance?
* Do the Governors promote flexi-contracts for career parents?
* Is the Leadership Team in your school a cohesive group who share commitments and events?
* Do they model a healthy work-life balance?
* Identify your non-negotiables
* Protect your 'me' time
* Ring-fence family time
* Never sync work emails to your mobile phone
* Agree on electronic free family-time
* Stop feeling guilty! (At work and at home)
* Am I fulfilled in my current role and current context?
* Am I balancing my professional and personal ambitions?
* Am I a supportive Leader?
* Do we look after our female colleagues returning from maternity leave?
* Am I a role model for the younger women I work with and the students I teach?
* Am I in control of the pace of my career and my progression?
* Do I impose any barriers on myself or others?
* Would I be able to manage my current role and have a family?
"Don't try to be a super-hero(ine)!" (@HelenaMarsh)
"Great leaders do not do everything themselves - grow your team!" (@RajUnsworth)
"Turn your priority list into a success list."
"Don't be a slave to perfectionism". (@JillBerry)
"Resist demand for presenteeism." (@KateChhatwal)
"Don't compare/ compete hours with colleagues". (@ZoeAndrew)