The secret to excellent middle leaders

A strong work culture and climate is integral to the success of your middle leadership. Andy Buck, Dean of the Leadership Faculty at education charity Teaching Leaders, explores ways you can empower your leaders.
Children drawing a leadership mind map

Great delivery in schools doesn’t happen by accident. It is the result of all the staff and pupils working together to achieve a clear set of objectives. To move from a vision or a strategy to strong delivery requires buy-in and focus from the school-wide team. The role of middle leaders in enabling this is critical. They are the people who most directly lead and manage the front line of delivery in classrooms. But as the diagram below summarises, the relationship between leadership and results is not a direct one. Creating the right culture and climate is essential. 

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