School leaders should be positive, friendly and approachable. They should 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 be able to

  • articulate strong curriculum knowledge

  • have insights into human behaviour and its causes

  • assert authority in educational matters.

Above all, a school leaders must be determined, resilient and persistent.