Assistant Director, Nord Anglia University, Asia Nord Anglia
Kate Erricker is the Assistant Director of Nord Anglia University, Asia. She is a member of the global Education team and works as the Regional Advisor for the China Region. Kate is also part of the Executive Leadership Team at NAIS HK. Kate originally trained as an English teacher in the U.K. and has 18 years’ experience in education. She recently completed a PhD in teacher professional development.
Naima Charlier is Director of Teaching and Learning for NAISHK where she oversees the curriculum development and vision of teaching and learning for our three campuses covering from 3 to 18 years. In her 22 year career Naima has worked in the UK, USA, Romania and Hong Kong. She has been a school leader for over 15 years and has now been a founding member of three successful international schools, holding varying roles including Head of School and Deputy Principal.
The strengths of ‘female’ leadership: exploring new models of leadership for changing times
Globally, women are under-represented in educational leadership: internationally only 33% of schools have female headteachers (ISS). This is despite a dominantly female workforce where a larger proportion of women obtain qualifications (Baker & Cangemi, 2016). Women also score more highly on critical characteristics of leadership including leading by example, transparency, and open communication (KLCM). This paradox has been ascribed to cultural bias based on frameworks that privilege male constructs of self, leadership and personality (Bronstein, 2003). However, there are signs that these constructs of leadership are changing: the COVID-19 crisis has shone a spotlight on ‘female’ modes of leadership, challenging the efficacy of the lone figurehead leader; home-working has made the challenges of balancing caring responsibilities with work priorities more visible. This workshop will explore these shifts in the narrative of leadership and develop participants’ understanding of how to become open, collaborative and exploratory leaders in Education.
Participants will explore models of leadership that have been traditionally viewed as more 'female' and consider these can be viewed as strong and efficacious leadership responses. Leadership will be presented as a collaborative process that can supported through exploratory modes of working that will be practised in tasks during the workshop. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on these models of leadership, applying them to their own practice and considering how these form a toolkit that can be used to support resilient and flexible leadership even in times of crisis.