How to be an Assertive Leader with Mal Krishnasamy

Dec 7, 2020 | Podcast

“There are lots of good people brought into leadership teams that are poor leaders. A great teacher doesn’t necessarily make a great leader.”

Mal Krishnasamy is an Educational Consultant & Coach.

With almost 20 years experience in education as a teacher, middle leader, then Senior Assistant Principal across a multi-academy trust, she’s seen it all.

Being an assertive leader means being able to stand up for your own or other people’s rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive or passive.

In this episode full of practical strategies to be assertive (without being aggressive or passive), Mal shares:

  • why assertive leadership is so vital in schools now
  • the one thing a healthy school culture boils down to
  • how knowing your values can help you be a more assertive and effective leader
  • why working in a toxic culture is so bad for your wellbeing and what to do about it
  • the skills needed to have difficult conversations without being aggressive,
  • why leaving issues unresolved contributes to an unhealthy and unhappy school culture
  • what to do if you’re a “people pleaser”
  • and much more!

“Many people worry that if you have a difficult conversation, it’s like East Enders you’re going to be found under a patio somewhere! When you’ve got the tools, it’s much easier.”

You can connect with Mal:

On Twitter

Her Website where you can find out more about her Assertive Leadership Coaching Courses

On LinkedIn


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