Support for School Leaders

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.