Close menu

James Hilton blog

  • Feeling Powerlesss?

    We are living in strange and scary times (in case you haven’t noticed!). The two words I keep hearing, and indeed saying, are ‘surreal’ and ‘powerless’. Powerless in the sense of ‘What difference does it make, what I do, when we are faced with a global pandemic? I am only one person.’ It reminded of […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Courageous Leadership: Part 1

    Courageous Leadership : Part 1 I suspect that if you asked many people to summon up an image of someone who is courageous, you would get a wide variety of answers. Great wartime leaders perhaps or soldiers who risked all on the battlefield to save a wounded comrade. Perhaps some people may bring to mind […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Resilient Leadership: Part 3 Trust

    Resilient Leaders are trusting leaders. Trust can be defined as an expectation or belief that you can rely on somebody else’s actions and not just their words. You believe that person has the good intentions to carry out any undertakings or promises. When you look at it like that, it is difficult to imagine how […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Resilient Leadership: Part 2 Optimism

    Resilient Leadership: Optimism Resilient leaders are optimists at heart. In over twenty-five years of teaching, I was lucky enough to work for some truly inspirational school leaders and whilst they were all very different people, who brought their own distinct personalities to the role, they shared a common trait: optimism. I never worked for anyone […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Resilient Leadership: Part 1 A Sense of Purpose

    Resilient Leadership: Start With Why. Having spent over 20 years in senior leadership roles in schools and 15 years as a primary headteacher, it would be fair to say that I remain fascinated by the whole concept of leadership: Why some people enter into it and others choose not to, and in particular why some […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Purpose and Resilience

    Having spent over 20 years in senior leadership roles in schools and 15 years as a primary headteacher it would be fair to say that I remain fascinated by the whole concept of leadership; Why some people enter into it and others choose not to, and in particular why some school leaders maintain their resilience […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • The Story behind ‘Ten Traits of Resilience’.

    The Story behind Ten Traits of Resilience This month has seen the release of my second book, ‘Ten Traits of Resilience’. It has been a strange experience because five years ago, I would not have imagined writing one book on leadership yet alone a second. Despite the success of ‘Leading from the Edge’, I was […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Top Stress Busting Tips No.4 Relax or Distract

    I studied Drama and Education at University. It was here that I had the title role in a somewhat bizarre production, based on the story of ‘Oedipus’, a Greek tragedy. Imagine the excitement of this young cast of actors, when we discovered, that a theatre critic from The Guardian, was coming to review our play. […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Top Stress Busting Tips – No. 3 Getting the ‘ZZZZs’ in!

    There are few things worse than regularly being unable to sleep. Lack of sleep impairs cognitive function, which can lead to irritability and poor decision making. The less well we sleep the less well we tend to cope with work. This causes us to worry more and this in turn prevents us sleeping. It’s a […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on
  • Top Stress Busting Tips – No.2 Re-think your to-do lists

    One of the things that contributed to my burn-out as a Head and the subsequent six months absence from work, was a sense that I was sinking. I never seemed to be on top of my ‘To-do list’. There were so many interruptions in a very large and bustling school. The phone would ring, there […]

    Continue reading
    Posted on