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7 Questions with William Mott

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7 Questions with William Mott

Name: William Mott

Current title: Head of School

Current organisation: Providence Christian Academy

Currently the head of school, have been the head of two other schools; consultant; adjunct professor, author of three books, the latest, Healthy Boards, Successful Schools: The Impact of Governance and Leadership on Independent and Faith-Based Schools.

7 Questions with William Mott

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

In the world of independent and faith-based schools, one of the biggest challenges is the relationship between the head and board of trustees. For many schools, financial sustainability is a significant challenge.

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Every day is different. My objective is to always try to focus on priorities - what is most important and what will have the greatest impact.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Having the best people in positions of leadership and supporting and encouraging them to thrive in their role.

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

There are a few that come to mind: Give to Live, The Go Giver, Good to Great, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and Maxwell's Leadership Bible. All have been impactful in different ways.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

Look for people with a great attitude and who genuinely can make a contribution to the mission and strategic vision of the organization. People who embrace servant leadership.

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

Communication, collaboration, integrity, and perhaps above all, trust.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

Stories in which leadership collaboration has resulted in a path to something even greater than otherwise could have been imagined. Stories in which leaders made decisions based on what was best for the organization.

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