A few thoughts on leadership and management issues in Steiner Waldorf schools

I especially appreciated Jeremy’s astute analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Waldorf schools, in leadership and governance. Through good conversation, problem-solving and experimentation we may be able to begin to address these.

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Some years ago I ran a vision-building workshop for a Steiner school. To help me, I invited a very experienced businessman and friend, Mick Crews, not only because of his track record in similar workshops for big companies but also because he liked what he had already heard of Steiner Waldorf schools. As part of our preparations, I explained to Mick the ways in which the school sought to manage itself through the college of teachers system.   He listened very carefully and then he said: “It strikes me that, for your system to work, it requires a degree of personal integrity in the staff that you don’t find in any other walk of life”.

Steiner schools are trying to work with a model of self-governance as laid down by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s, in which there was no head teacher and in which each teacher took a measure of…

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