Presentation on theme: "At The Helm Positive Leadership For Positive Education!"— Presentation transcript:
1 At The Helm Positive Leadership For Positive Education! Clive Leach MOrg Coaching
2 Flourishing Resilience Positive Emotions Engagement Meaning RelationshipsOptimismSelf-esteemVitalityAutonomyResilienceUniv. Cambridge Well-being Institute & Cass Business School (2009)
3 Well-being & Engagement High Mental Health / Well-beingPLODDINGFLOURISHINGFUNCTIONINGLow Engagement / Goal StrivingHigh Engagement / Goal StrivingLANGUISHINGDISTRESSED & DISENGAGEDFUNCTIONAL & DISTRESSEDLow Mental Health / Well-beingKeyes (2007), Grant (2012)
4 Consider.. With regards to well-being and engagement Where are you on the matrix?Where might be your team?Where might be your faculty?Where might be your students?Where might be your family?Where might be your friends?
5 Positive Psychology“The purpose of positive psychology is to understand the human strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive”Prof. Martin Seligman PhD
6 PERMA Positive Emotions Engagement Relationships Meaning AccomplishmentMeasuring Well-being for Public Policy - Seligman et al (2011)
7 Positive Psychology in Practice .. Character Strengths & VirtuesMeaning & Purpose - Visioning the FutureMental Toughness, Hardiness & ResilienceGoal SettingForgivenessGratitudeKindness & altruismMindfulness & FlowHope & OptimismEvidence-based coaching
8 Evidence! Reduces stress, anxiety and mental illness Increases resilience & life satisfactionIncreases hope, goal striving & self reg.Supports better learning and achievementSin & Lyubomirsky, 2009; Waters, 2011; Boiler, 2013
9 Positive Education“The application of well-being science in educational settings with the aim of creating flourishing students, staff and whole school communities”Dr. Suzy GreenHandbook of Positive Psychology in Schools (2014)9
10 Positive EducationApplies PERMA to enhance optimal functioning and well-being of the whole school communityPrevents and reduces stress, burn out anxiety and mental illness in adults and young peopleCreates psychological literacy and supports better learning, creative thinking & academic/extra-curricular accomplishment, employabilityTo create more virtuous citizens and a better society
11 Why Positive Education? Parents want their children to flourish!Key differentiator in the education market place – Peninsula, Knox, St. Peters....Positive Education, Well-being, Flourishing are reflected in school branding, mission & values statements and narratives - Increased enrolments & competitive advantage
12 Positive Education Summit Oct UK - Hosted by 10 Downing St. & Wellington College30 of the worlds leading Positive Psychology Academics & PractitionersPERMA as an academically rigorous approach to education impacting on well- being & achievementCalled on all schools to embrace positive education
14 Positive Ed Themes Positive Self Positive Body Positive Emotions Positive MindsetPositive RelationshipsPositive DirectionClassroom, Staff room, Playing Field(Bonniwell & Ryan, 2012)
15 School Leaders Workplace well-being Optimism Job satisfaction Hope Psychological CapitalOptimismHopeResilienceSelf-efficacy456 School LeadersWorkplace well-beingJob satisfactionOrg commitmentEngagementMental healthStrauss et al (2013)
16 Teacher Engagement Recent pilot study 153 teachers When staff doing well across PERMA domains they reportHigher life satisfactionBetter physical healthIncreased professional thrivingMore Organisational CommitmentEnhanced job satisfactionKern et al (2014)
17 and Coaching..Positive Education requires the strategic integration of Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology to enhance optimal functioning of school communityPositive Psych = scientific researchCoaching Psych = proven framework for change to apply Positive PsychComplimentary partners in flourishingGreen, Robinson & Oades, (2011) van Nieuwerburgh (2012;2013)
18 Coaching“Unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance... by helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”Sir John WhitmoreClive Leach Consultancy
19 Coaching Study Outcomes Well-beingWorkplace Well- beingPositivityResilienceHardinessGoal StrivingHopeAttitude to learningEmotional IntelligenceSelf-efficacyAcademic resultsLess StressLess AnxietyLess DepressionGreen, Oades & Grant (2006); Grant, Curtyane & Burton (2009): Grant, Green & Rynsdaart, (2007;2010) ; Grant (2012); Van Nieuwerburgh (2013)
20 Are You Seaworthy? Physical Health Diet & nutrition Exercise & fitness Relaxation & recoverySleepClive Leach Consultancy
21 Mindfulness Savouring ‘Drops of Quiet’ In the moment Increases well-beingDecreases StressAdults & Young PeopleKuyken et al (2012), Flood et al (2012)
22 Clive Leach Consultancy 14 April 20173 Great Resources!.bThe Mindfulness in Schools ProjectCopyright Clive Leach, September Tel: Web:
23 Clive Leach Consultancy 14 April 2017Positive EmotionsBroaden&BuildFredrickson (2009)Copyright Clive Leach, March Tel: Web:
24 Positive EmotionsBroaden our capacity to think, innovate, be creative, learn & see the bigger pictureBuild our psychological, emotional, physical, intellectual and social resources – making us stronger and more resilientNegative emotions have a place but we have to be aware of the negativity bias that can lead to people being habitually defined by negativity with damaging consequences for their mental and physical healthFredrickson (2011)
26 WWW. What works Well ? Learned Optimism - PRESENT Notice negative thinking & consequencesChallenge, get perspective & take actionBest Self Exercise - PASTConsider achievements to dateCreate affirmations and remindersBest Possible Self Exercise - FUTURELetter from the future – mental imagery /visionLived a ‘good life’Gratitude Exercises – PRESENT / PAST3 good things – What’s working well & why?Gratitude visit - someone in your lifeSeligman (2009) Lyubomirsky, (2010); Fredrickson, (2012)
27 VIA Character Strengths Clive Leach Consultancy
29 VIA Strengths StudiesYoung people using signature strengths in new ways increases engagement & hopeFocus on character strengths improves school skills, engagement & enjoymentSelf regulation, Perseverance, Curiosity & Love of Learning predict school successTeacher’s most common strengths Zest, Social Intelligence & HumourGreater life satisfaction predicted by Hope, Zest, Love, Curiosity & Gratitude
31 Coaching Conversations Intention to give attentionPrimarily use questionsHave a goal/solution focusHelp gain/change perspectiveFocus on strengths/exceptionsGenerate actions, next stepsEncourage, affirm, accountable
32 Pos Ed Lessons LearnedDon’t sail too close to the wind – look after your well-being and those around youLet your strengths fill your sails – the energy they give you is what drives you forward and helps you reach your goalsInvesting in well-being is like a life-jacket – it will keep you afloat in stormy seasIt provides a life boat for others too as it is also good for those around you when they sinkEven the smallest changes today can make a big difference down the line!
33 Go West! New Horizons? As a Leader, Team & School What are you most proud of?What are your values & strengths?What will be your contribution & legacy?What would success look & feel like?How are you going to get there?What help do you need?What are the first steps you can take?
34 Take the Helm & Lead the Way! “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott
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