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A life apart

A school leader cannot be seen to be part of a clique or prefer the company of some over others. This compromises the ability to make good decisions based on sound judgement.


When in public, the school leader is always on show, always on the job and, most importantly, always on guard. Every word and action is taken seriously and can affect other people’s lives in some way.

A leader has a professional life and a personal life. These can be successfully separated, whilst still maintaining overall integrity, by knowing and protecting the boundaries of each.


The following link leads to an article about the need for school leaders to care for themselves by separating professional and personal lives.

Separating work life from home life

Image courtesy of Michael Leunig

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