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Developing a fresh mindset for successful leadership

© Supplied by International SchoolShaping the leaders of the future.
Shaping the leaders of the future.

At International School Aberdeen (ISA), we believe the best leaders are those who are ready to embrace a new approach by casting aside fixed mindsets of what a manager should look like.

The stereotypical view of ‘the boss’ is an outdated concept that is becoming less relevant in the modern working world.

Leadership in the 21st century should be less about giving out instructions, and more about connections, conversations and collaborative learning.

That’s why ISA is shifting away from a hierarchical system in favour of a more diverse style of leadership, a model that encourages people to step forward and take the initiative.

We know that by simply asking the question “What do you think?”, we are making a difference in how valued our staff and students feel.

ISA’s mission is to provide ‘excellence in education’. We take a creative and flexible approach to education, inspiring our students to reach their full potential and become confident global citizens.

We create opportunities for our students to develop a growth mindset for success in their chosen careers.

This mindset is exactly what an international education promotes.

ISA boasts world-class facilities, a highly qualified staff, internationally recognised curriculums, but what has got it through the last few years of rapid change is a strong sense of values and an eye on the future.

We are the only school in the area to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, allowing students to go one step further than core academic skills. Uniquely for a school-based system, pupils are explicitly taught how to think about thinking. We teach them to become problem-solvers who take the initiative to find new ways of working.

It’s time to rethink leadership. Our students are encouraged to become self-starters and to learn from each other – collaborative learning is key to building knowledge.

We recognise that organisations expect the future workforce to thrive in a fast changing and complex world. We do things differently at ISA to embrace and meet change. We inspire confidence in our students while teaching that leadership should also focus on moral courage and a willingness to listen to others.

We provide children with adaptability mindsets and critical thinking skills to cultivate the next generation of leaders.

Great leaders with integrity, compassion and self-awareness are the true makers of change.

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