Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show is for ruckus makers — What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Up next you can hear Daniel Bauer’s interview with Joël McLean.  They discuss servant leadership and the imposter syndrome.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Getting to know Joel

Joël McLean began his career in education in 1997. He has worked as a science and chemistry teacher at the intermediate and secondary level and has been a school principal since 2006.

From 2014 to 2018, Joël was on detachment from his school board as a Pedagogical Leader at CFORP, serving the 12 French school boards of the province of Ontario in Canada, as well as various educational partners. As a leadership coach, he worked with school principals to help develop their leadership skills, as well as board-level pedagogical teams regarding leading, teaching and learning in the digital age.

Joël is presently an elementary school principal, as well as a Provincial Leadership Coach for his professional association. He is the founder of Inspire Life & Leadership Coaching, as well as founder and host of Inspire Leadership Podcast.

Having a Deep Impact

Joël believed his impact would come from being a classroom teacher and then a principal.  He wanted to develop himself and needed a different challenge. He began coaching principals and worked the processes with them to have a deep impact.  He was able to ask questions and let them come up with the solutions.

Be an even better version of yourself today than you were yesterday.Joël McLean

Imposter Syndrome

Joël talks about a time after receiving a new job when he was sitting without a school to get ready, no staff to talk with, no kids coming in.  Joël began to wonder what he had gotten himself into. He was having some anxiety as they were building it from the ground up.

It probably ended up being the best decision I could have ever made in terms of my career. ” –Joël McLean

Deeper Impact On Larger Scale

Joël started with posting video tips, blogging, building a website and podcasting (in French) to reach as many leaders as he could on a broader scale.

Everyone was like-minded that were creative and motivated people just pushing and pushing themselves and each other.” – Joël McLean



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