What Are The Post Pandemic Skills for School Leaders? | Will Richardson | 3 Min Read

Effective leaders are learners. And that’s never been more true than right now. With all of the change, the challenges, and the problems that leaders are confronting in this chaotic moment, those who aren’t learning are not serving their organizations, and they’re not doing much for their professional longevity either. 

While many of the challenges that have confronted school leaders this past year are shared by those in other institutions, many are also unique. Trying to maintain the health and safety of children is not something on the minds of Fortune 500 CEOs. And providing meals and WiFi to underserved kids, or creating social distancing protocols for teachers and students, or reconfiguring schedules to accommodate quarantines and lockdowns are not currently on any principal or headmaster job description that I know of. Maybe they will be now.

No question, the skill sets required of school leaders are changing. And many leaders no doubt upskilled in a variety of ways over the past 14 months in the service of real-world problem-solving and inquiry (which is, by the way, the best way to learn anything, right?). But the scope of what leaders need to be able to do today aside from…

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Will Richardson

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will Richardson has spent the past 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use “fearless inquiry” to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future. In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 “Edupreneurs to Follow” by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. He has also authored six books, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and Vancouver.