Schools leaders’ well-being is of paramount importance as their circle of influence in the school and the broader community can make a positive difference in the lives of many. Significant research shows us that school leaders are battling to maintain their well-being within the educational landscape.
Researchers in positive psychology and positive schools have focused on facets to do with Hope, Resilience and Mindfulness (McCallum & Price, 2016). Whilst I don’t profess to be a positive psychologist I do believe as experienced educators we can learn a great deal from people who appear to be performing complex roles and flourishing in their work life balance.
I offer a tailored workshop that contributes hope and real world knowledge of how some competent experienced principals have effectively handled complexity and balanced their own Subjective Well-Being (SWB) as evidenced in scientific research in an Australian study (see my PhD thesis Holding it together: An explanatory framework for maintaining subjective well-being (SWB) in principals.)
In this workshop participants engage in a series of interactive activities intended to probe their thinking around their own SWB and learn how to further develop skills in MegaPositioning (ways of working in complex and stressful situations) and the nurturing of their SWB.