In an Education Weekly blog, principals revealed that the main obstacle to finding a leadership coach was a lack of educational leadership experience. “Leaders and teachers want to know that the person coaching them understands the role they are trying to coach.”
As a Balanced Leadership Coach, I possess the coaching competencies recognized by the International Coaching Federation, and years of educational experience at the classroom, building, and district level.
Additionally, I provide educational consulting services to help teachers and educational leaders exceed their potential for the sake of the students they teach and support.
Leaders are often “naturally creative and resourceful” when it comes to learning on their own. But there are times when an educational leader needs personalized professional development so they have the knowledge to enhance their leadership “skills, resources, and creativity.”
Educational leaders such as principals, superintendents, and other district office administrators often see having a coach as a weakness. This is because they hold leadership positions and are viewed as more than capable of leading their school, district or department on their own.
Instructional coaching for teachers is commonplace but educational leaders have been hesitant to engage in coaching.
Recent research by the Wallace Foundation on principal mentors has put a crack in that barrier. Having a coach should not be a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength and integrity to enhance your leadership capabilities to ensure school/district improvement goals come to fruition and students and staff thrive.
On-site Balanced Leadership Coaching occurs in your school building or district. It consists of a combination of coaching to enhance leadership capabilities and consulting by providing personalized professional development. On-site coaching can range from one to eight hours depending on your focus. Ideally, on-site coaching focuses on achieving school improvement goals and other important issues at that given time. You determine the focus for the allotted time.
Off-site Balanced Leadership Coaching occurs over the phone or via Skype and is scheduled for one hour. The conversation focuses on either an important issue in which support is needed on that particular day or on the implementation of school/district improvement initiatives.
Now is the time to engage the services of a Balanced Leadership Coach so you can exceed your leadership potential. Strive to thrive professionally and personally for your benefit and the benefit of the students and staff in your school or district.
My work with Tracey Shiel has benefited my staff, community, and most importantly my students. Well versed with current research and the ability to affect change, Tracey supports me by asking the difficult questions that challenge my thinking. As a guide, Tracey helped me clearly assess where we were as a school, plan where we are going, and monitor our progress. My work with Tracey gets results for my students and provides me with a safety net when the going gets though.
—Dr. Susan Frampton | Principal