Unit 1: Getting to know yourself and your team

1-2 hours
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Great teachers don’t become great leaders overnight. Managing and motivating team members can be one of the biggest challenges for new middle leaders. This unit equips leaders with the tools to better understand themselves and their team members – and shows how to put that understanding into practice.


Session overview
Head of year, Subject leader
Primary, Secondary

Aims and outcomes

Participants will:

  • understand that different people are motivated in different ways
  • use Belbin’s team roles as a tool for assessing team dynamics
  • practise using a framework for effective delegation
  • explore different leadership styles and consider when they may be most appropriate.

To deliver this unit

  1. Download the trainer notes, presentation and handouts at the bottom of this page.
  2. Read through the content before delivering to participants.
  3. Consider how best to use the further reading and resources (e.g. as pre- or post-session reading).

Further reading and resources for participants

Get a headteacher’s viewpoint on building outstanding relationships with staff

Is there a difference between leadership and management? Read John West-Burnham’s opinion piece

Learn about John Viner’s three key principles of school leadership

Use the problem-solving team building models to address a challenging issue

Watch this webinar and find out more about what makes an outstanding middle leader

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