We started off exploring how we might use some of these ideas at one of our Head Teacher conferences in the coming session but quickly extended into considering how we could develop a facilitated leadership programme for a wide range of individuals – teachers, private sector leaders, local authority leaders and young people.
East Lothian is well placed geographically to offer leadership programmes which make use of our wonderful environment yet is close to a major city with relatively good transport connections.
Our emerging idea went as follows:
- Develop our leadership approach around the principles, personality and achievements of John Muir;
- Develop a series of programmes which would be acccessible to mixed groups, i.e. not just educationalists – cross fertilisaton would be a key feature of our approach;
- Make use of the outdoor environment of East Lothian;
- Train facilitators in a leadership philosophy which would permeate the programme;
- Support public sector engagement through commerical rates;
- Offer our programmes to a local, national and international clientele.
- Make use of public sector and private sector facilitators.
We are pulling together a management group to further develop these ideas but if you feel you could make a particular contribution to such a group just drop me a line.
As Alan Blackie (he joined us during our meeting) suggested our strap line, which might underpin the type of leadership approach we would seek to develop, should perhaps read “Leave no Footprints” – which was one of John Muir’s most famous sayings about people who visit the wilderness.