Podcast #1 Leadership Resilience with Julia Steward Chrysalis Leadership Development

In this podcast I explore the role of leadership and well-being with Julia Steward, author of Sustaining Resilience in Leadership, and a leadership coach and facilitator for school leaders for over 20 years. In the conversation we reflect on the current situation and the additional pressures placed on school leaders alongside practical tips and advice on self-management. The guidance also includes the roles of governors and trustees.

Timeline (mins):

00:00 Introduction

01:32 Julia, what is your perspective on the current situation and the pressures school leaders are under?   

07:40 What lessons can we learn from ‘sustaining resilience for leadership’ that can be applied now?

14:10 What would be your top 3 tips for school leaders, where might leaders turn for advice and support?

19:20 What would be your advice for those school leaders feeling fear due to the pandemic and responsibilities for people’s health?

24:53 What advice would you give school governors and trustees and their duty of care role in supporting schools right now?

Links referred to in the podcast:

  1. SusanDavid: https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_how_to_be_your_best_self_in_times_of_crisis?utm_source=recommendation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=explore&utm_term=newest-talks-5
  2. https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage
  3. Self-compassion – Kristin Neff:   https://self-compassion.org/
  4. Brene Brown on leadership:  https://daretolead.brenebrown.com/
  5. SW CPD Portal https://www.cpdportal-sw.org/

Julia can be found on Twitter @chrysalisleader and Jim on @jimrogers72

Podcast #2 School closures, the international perspective. Casper Rongsted The Nordic Schools

In my second podcast I explore the international perspective with good friend and colleague Casper Rongsted of the Nordic Schools. As Denmark is beginning to open their schools, Casper and Jim discuss how Denmark has managed the school closures and are now preparing for the return of the younger students. Staff and student well-being is something the Danish schools are known for, and how they have maintained this during school closures is discussed, as well as creative ways for managing social distance using the outdoors.

Timeline (mins):

2:03 Q1: What has been the Danish educational experience of lockdown, particularly how have the schools supported the welfare of staff and students?

7:52 Q2: academic catch-up and Danish approach.

9:22 Q3: Welfare well-being what has been done to maintain staff and student well-being

12:55 Q4: Danish approach to teaching online and importance of ‘live’ lessons

17:00 Q5: Drawing from the positives in the current situation – capitalising on rapport and relationships. Top tips.

Links referred to in the podcast:




Casper can be found on LinkedIn as https://www.linkedin.com/in/casper-rongsted-2358797/ Jim can be found on Twitter as @jimrogers72

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