Imperfect Leadership. Seminar hosted by Steve Munby

Murray Learning Centre, Room UG09, University of Birmingham
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Tuesday 4th February 2020 (18:00-19:00)
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Steve Munby

Too often we hear talks or read books about perfect leaders; super-hero leaders who are hugely successful and are exceptionally good at what they do.  It is supposed to inspire us but it actually has the reverse effect.  

I believe that the concept that we need to be good at all aspects of leadership is not only unrealistic, it is bad for the mental and physical well-being of leaders, who may end up striving to be the kind of leader that doesn’t really exist.  The more we seek to become the perfect leader, the more likely we are to disempower those around us.  This speech will outline the key aspects of “imperfect Leadership” and explain why embracing imperfect leadership is so important for our existing and future leaders in education and, indeed, in Government!

About the speaker

Steve Munby has spent his whole career in education, first as a teacher and then as an adviser before moving into leadership roles. Between 2005 and 2017 he was Chief Executive first of the National College for School Leadership in England and then of the Education Development Trust, an international education charity. He is now a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform. Steve is also a visiting professor at University College London Institute for Education and is the facilitator for the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC) summits, which bring together education systems from across the world. He was awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list in 2010. His book Imperfect Leadership: A Book for Leaders who Know They Don’t Know it All was published in 2019  to critical acclaim.


Parking: Due to limited parking on campus we encourage you to travel by public transport or to share cars with colleagues if possible. The University Station is a 2 minute walk from the Murray Learning Centre. If you arrive by car we suggest you use Pritchatts Road Car Park (at the junction with Vincent Drive) Sat Nav Postcode B15 2QU on Pritchatts Road.

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Online Registration is required to attend this free event.

All are welcome!