The Institute for Education Leadership (IEL) of Ontario engages in professional collaboration and collaborative inquiry as an essential approach for reaching its priority goal of promoting and supporting effective education leadership.
As a first step in the inquiry, the IEL Steering Committee members conducted research and consulted experts to inform its definition of Well-being for Leadership which is as follows:
Well-being is a positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that we feel when our cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual and physical needs are being met. It is supported through equity and respect for our diverse identities and strengths. Well-being is about helping school and system leaders become resilient, so that they can make positive and healthy choices to support learning and achievement both now and in the future.
This definition of Well-being for Leadership comprises five domains of well-being.
The development of the body impacted by:
The development of abilities and skills such as:
This involves learning about:
The development of:
The opportunity and time to:
The IEL engaged the community of Ontario school and system leaders in a conversation about how to support positional leaders with their well-being, in schools and in their districts. Using Thoughtexchange, the IEL invited school and system leaders to share thoughts, rate the thoughts of others and discover results about the question:
Thoughtexchange, an online collaboration platform consists of three phases. Phase one invites everyone to share their thoughts to an open-ended question; phase two is where participants see all thoughts and assigns stars to the ideas that they think are important and in phase three which is the “Discover Phase” results are shared and everyone learns what is important to the group.
School and system leaders responded to the following question:
In your district, what are some effective ways in which the well-being of school and system leaders are supported? What other supports are needed?
Thoughtexchange survey results:
493 participants; 452 thoughts and 10 551 ratings provided the IEL with a Well-being for Leadership Summary report.
The IEL would like to thank all those who participated in the on-line collaboration by sharing thoughts and/or rating thoughts. The data provided in the report by school and system leaders was used to inform the IEL’s next step in the Well-being for Leadership cycle of inquiry.
From the results, three major themes were established:
a.Individual Well-being – Starting with Ourselves and Others
b.The Power of Vulnerability and Belonging (Brené Brown)
c.Daring leadership assessment:
d.Strengthening the PLRs
2.Collaboration and Communication
To support leaders in strengthening their own well-being and that of others, the IEL has developed workshop presentations that include slides and detailed notes and instructions for their use.
The first of three presentations, “Building Capacity” has the following outcomes:
Professional Leadership Associations collaborated in the compilation of resources to support Well-being for Leadership