In the lives of Heads of School and other senior administrators, there are times when you can’t or don’t want to lean on a trusted colleague to think things through; sometimes it’s hard to know in whom to confide at all. I work with administrators who want support in being effective, transformational leaders, working in alignment with their own principles and in tune with the complex and competing needs of their school community.
Closely connected with the independent school world for over 25 years, I specialize in a relational approach to leadership in school communities. Working on a retainer on an as-needed basis allows me to provide an ongoing, deeper perspective that one-time consultations cannot offer. I work to get to know you and your school, and I am committed to your success and your integrity and overall happiness. Our work focuses on both specific problem-solving and, through conversations that “go deeper” if need be, broader solutions to problems that reflect your values and visions for leadership.
Through my leadership support services, I work with a small number of senior administrators who are looking for a trustworthy sounding board and, on the occasions when the need arises, a ghost editor. In the constant onslaught of work-related email, many administrators don’t have the time to perfect a timely response to sensitive emails from parents or colleagues. I examine drafts you’re working on and help shape your language in a way that is personable, professional, and effective.
I bring to this work my knowledge of schools and their dynamics, my counseling experience and training, and my writing skills. I work with you to help you listen and respond as a leader in a way that develops a collaborative, relational approach to independent school life.
I think of this work as serving as “Hamilton” to a small number of “Washingtons.” I am, however, strongly averse to showdowns or duels, and will work hard to steer you away from such win/lose solutions to the challenges of life in and out of school.
Please contact me if you are interested in working with me in this capacity.