Lecture Series 2019
In Celebration of Imperfect Leadership, Steve Munby

Starting: April 29, 2019 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

The Alban Teaching School Alliance is delighted to offer a series of lectures hosted in The Sandpit Theatre at Sandringham School by a variety of high profile personalities within education and the wider public eye.

All talks take place from 5-6pm followed by drinks and networking in the foyer area until 6.30pm.

Who for

Open to all, age 11 plus.


An insight into a variety of topics including wellbeing for leaders, developing a team, courageous leadership, mental health and more.


This event

In Celebration of Imperfect Leadership

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 to emulate them 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!.”

Steve Munby is a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform.  He retired in 2017 as Chief Executive of Education Development Trust, an international education charity working in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.  Between 2005 and 2012, Steve was Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership in England.  Whilst at the National College, Steve oversaw the work on the identification and development of National Leaders of Education, the development of Teaching Schools in England and the review of the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

In 2016 he wrote a think-piece with Michael Fullan: “Inside-out and downside-up. How leading from the middle has the power to transform education systems.”   Steve’s new book: “Imperfect Leadership – A book for leaders who know they don’t know it all” will be published by Crown House in April/May 2019.   Steve is also the facilitator for the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory summits (9 education systems from around the world committed to equity,  excellence, well-being and social justice).   He is Visiting Professor at University College London Institute for Education and is Chair of the Teaching Awards Trust in England.