School leaders should be positive, warm and approachable.
They should also be
able to connect and engage with people from diverse backgrounds
an excellent listener
forever calm, consistent and issue-based.
They need conviction, courage, empathy, excellent manners and a strong appreciation for the absurd.
School leaders need exemplary leadership, administrative and management skills, and to be reflective about their practice.
They should also be able to
challenge mediocrity from a sound research basis
use a knowledge of human behaviour and its causes
assert professional authority in educational matters.
Above all, a school leader must be determined, resilient and persistent.