From Friday 22 to Tuesday 26 September, I have been very lucky to attend the Senior Leadership Programme delivered by Nord Anglia University. The training took place in Abu Dhabi and saw 22 senior leaders from the Nord Anglia Education family of schools meet to discuss leadership theories and practice. The residential put an intentional emphasis on leaders’ conscious practice and self-reflection. The training was divided into five specific sections, each explored for one whole day: leading yourself, leading others, leading change, leading quality, and leading the future. This residential in Abu Dhabi was the second part of a residential that I attended last February in Dubai, and as expected, took us all participants outside of our comfort zone in terms of the challenges presented to us and tasks given to complete. The overall programme consists of the two residentials, seven monthly written assignments on a variety of leadership issues (ranging from finance matters to marketing approaches and emotional intelligence), weekly discussions on NAU forums with NAE colleagues from around the globe, and one 5000-word research project.
The intense five days ended with mixed emotions: as much as we were all looking forward to traveling back to our respective school and bringing new ideas to the table, we felt humbled by the incredible opportunity we had to spend time focusing on developing our own self and sharing ideas with colleagues to develop our schools further. Collaboration is at the heart of what Nord Anglia Education believes and is certainly a fantastic tool to keep us on track to reach our own ambitions and support others reach for their dreams.
Head of Secondary