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7 Questions on Leadership with Tufail Nawaz

Name: Tufail Nawaz

Title: Principal

Organisation: AKES, P

I am 48 years old male and have been a teacher for about 25 years, first teaching English Language & Literature to Secondary and ‘O/A’ Level classes and then entering the management & administration side of secondary schools. For 02 years, since August 2008 to April 2010, I worked as the Principal/Head at the Army Public School & College (Zamzama), a Higher Secondary School in Nowshera, Pakistan. The school is run under the auspices of School of Artillery, Nowshera, Pakistan Army. I have been serving as a Director of Studies in Cadet College Bhurban, Murree, Pakistan since April 2010 till November 2011; while managing all the matters to educational leadership & human relations, supervising the teaching-learning programmes and arrangement of seminars/workshops/refresher courses. I served as a principal for almost 3 & half years in Bahria Foundation College, Nowshera, I also served Ummah Higher Secondary School Nowshera (Ummah Welfare Trust, a UK-based Organisation) as a principal for almost 02 years & currently, I am serving as a Principal at Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Chitral, since May 2017 till date.

I have a master’s degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. I also have a professional degree of M.Ed. & MS/M.Phil. in Education (Gold Medal) from the Northern University, Nowshera, Pakistan; while recently, I completed the course work of Ph.D. in Education from the Northern University, Nowshera, Pakistan. I have attended numerous courses/seminars/workshops etc at all levels of teaching English & pedagogy over the years. I have the Diploma in International Human Rights law from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. I have also the degree of master’s in international Relations from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

With almost 25 years of teaching and management experience in various prestigious educational institutes. I believe my qualifications and experience will match your requirement. I have had the opportunity to function in a variety of educational settings; making it easy to adopt new situations and faculty concepts. My superiors and students’ parents have recognized, that I have created effective & constructional changes in students’ academics, play and home lives.

Currently, I have been serving as a Principal of Aga Khan Higher Secondary School, Chitral, KP, Pakistan, since May, 2017 till date

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1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Nothing till now!

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I have the potential & passion to become a leader of level 5 leadership caliber & have gone through innumerable books about leadership & wanted to serve the young & old in the field of education, while serving as a servant & inspiring leader for the young generation.

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

Giving 50% time to academics in the school.

10 % to administrative tasks,

10% to finance related tasks,

5% to wellbeing

10% to interaction with parents.

10% interaction with students & staff members.

5% to official correspondence, in the form of E-mail

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Leader must have the growth mindset, instead of fixed mindset, an exemplary role model and has the followers & these qualities, I have.

5. 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?

360 Degree Leader

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Be on the front line & the credit must be given to followers for the best performance, while fault must be of the leader for the wrong task.

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

Nothing, but devotion!

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