Over the last few days I have had the privilege of speaking at the NAPH Heads’ Conference in Cambridge and the NAHT Cymru Conference in Newport. I have been so touched by the welcome I have received. Many people have spoken to me at those conferences or emailed afterwards to say that my story and the strategies I have offered to manage stress and stay resilient, have deeply resonated with them. One Head approached me to say that they had experienced a particularly tough time eighteen months ago and had considered resigning their position. They were kind enough to say that reading a magazine article I had written had persuaded them to stay. Another Head wrote to say that with potentially thirty years to go in teaching, my session had given him a real wake-up call.
I really hope that my book will resonate with people. We are all somewhere on a spectrum of stress and resilience. If ‘Leading From the Edge’ helps people to recognise and manage symptoms in themselves, or the people that they lead, I will be a very happy man.See all James's blog posts