What Divides Toxic And Creative School Cultures

Strong organisational cultures emerge when leaders start questioning how to influence behaviour, argues FCA senior advisor and Leadership Fellow John Sutherland.
Tug of war

In trying to get to grips with culture I was reminded of a seminar I attended in the 1990s led by John Adair – then visiting professor of Leadership at the University of Exeter.  Early in the session John asked the group, ‘what one word sums up leadership’. We pondered it for most of the afternoon without coming close and in the end John said: ‘The word is influence. If you can’t influence others you cannot lead.’

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