Please enjoy the Thought for the Term from the Bussell Leadership TeamPosted on: 11/11/2022
Leadership: it can mean many different things to different people but there is one thing that is certain: anyone who has had an incredible journey must possess great leadership skills. These individuals can range from the teachers that we come across on a day-to-day basis, our favourite celebrities or even family members. Despite the stereotypical expectations of extroverted, loud, powerful figures as leaders, there are ways to demonstrate leadership which do not always have to be conventional. My main message is that anyone can achieve great heights of leadership, no matter who they are. Leadership should always be inclusive.
When I found myself in this leadership position, I felt a lot of excitement, but also a lot of doubt. Am I good enough? Do I deserve this opportunity? Am I ready? When communicating about leadership we often talk about confidence, but perhaps we should also discuss self-doubt and imposter syndrome more openly. Imposter syndrome is the belief that your success is not deserved or legitimate. Research suggests that around 70% of people will experience extreme feelings of self-doubt and incompetence and yet we continue to avoid this conversation. We sometimes confuse thoughts with facts and the more we talk about our doubts regarding leadership, the more we will realise how common this really is. Leadership is not linear or black and white: it is complex and exciting.
It is often said that “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”. We hold very high standards for leaders: someone who is confident, charismatic, courageous, and extroverted. These can sometimes dissuade many talented people from even applying for a role. However, it is important to remember that every outstanding leader has drawbacks that they’ve overcome; what truly matters is the passion you have for your position and willingness to make a difference. Communication can improve as time progresses. As a leader, it is vital to take a step back and listen to those who rely on you to initiate the change for them. Change begins at the end of your comfort zone, when the opportunity arises, take it as a challenge to tackle Leadership and give it a chance - it can be surprising to learn the difference it can make to you and others!
Bussell House Leadership Team
Didcot Girls’ School