The central focus on changing your own behaviour, through the use of coaching, to achieve desired results, was prominent in all activity on the day, especially in the forum theatre led by Elinor Vettranino which emphasised that we can't change others' behaviour, only our own.
Zara Kitson and Susan Pettie from' So Say Scotland' http://www.sosayscotland.org/talked passionately about 'thinking together' and how to create a social movement where leadership is truly dispersed and everyone has a voice. Like all our speakers they challenged the notion that we have to wait to be led - if you want change what are you going to do about it? Their values based approach could be used to great effect with both staff and students to determine what are the key values that underpin our practice and what behaviours do we want to see in our colleges and communities.
Kish Srinivasan, Regional Lead for Dundee and Angus College gave a fantastic presentation that challenged the role of the charasmatic leader and the need for leadership throughout the college. Some of his key messages stemmed from his vision for future leadership:
*While regional boards, college principals and other traditional sources of authority will retain ultimate authority and accountability, autocratic leadership will be of limited effectiveness and unlikely to provide sustainable long-term benefits.
*Leadership approaches which work best will ensure that decisions are reached based on shared values, because staff are more likely to buy in to what is planned subsequently.
*Leadership models must provide an environment which encourages initiative, enterprise and innovation
This was an exciting day, rounded off with cohort 1 of the Emerging Leaders course pitching their dangerous ideas for education to cohort 2 and leaders from the college sector.