Every year, New Zealanders contribute about 159 million hours of volunteer work to their communities.
At an individual level, that might seem like a lot. But for Anita Hawthorne, Group GM of Operations & Infrastructure at Air New Zealand, giving that time invigorates everything she does.
With three years of the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme experience in the bag, Anita has spent quality time with numerous principals and volunteers through Springboard Trust.
“It’s a really nice match between the educational and the corporate, a nicely structured programme that supports principals’ development. All those elements of strategy and operations that you don’t use as a teacher but absolutely need as a principal – it's a real privilege to help them work through that.”
And it’s work, she notes, that doesn’t actually feel like work at all.
“The effort that the principal, the Springboard Trust team put in – all the foundations and support for me are already there, I get to come in and have quality coaching conversations with pthe principal every few weeks.”
“The way it’s set up – first-timers might think they have to do all this work, but you are working with a principal from a pure coaching perspective. No barriers, just you being your purest self and supporting someone else!”