Robin Fabish (Ngāti Maniapoto) is the Principal at Tamatea High School in Napier. Although he is an experienced deputy principal and principal, Robin is still developing his leadership skills and learning how to provide good leadership to his team.
In this kōrero, Robin shares his definition of leadership.
Although there are many favorite moments in leadership, Robin shares a recent memory where his vision of distributed leadership comes to fruition.
Robin continues his learning journey through reading. Through a book he read recently, NCEA in Context by Rose Hipkins, Mark Sheehan, and Michael Johnston, Robin developed an understanding of the history of our national secondary assessment system and how it has impacted on curriculum delivery. This has inspired him to find a different way of ensuring all of his students have robust learning pathways.
The current leadership kaupapa for Robin is to support middle leaders in developing their leadership skills so that they can lead their team in meeting the school's goals.
Robin is the Lead Principal of their Kāhui Ako. Robin calls himself a "servant leader", who has supported the Kāhui in working collaboratively. Although this role has divided his time, a major benefit has been the development of valuable relationships with other principals in his area.
When thinking about being a leader who is Māori, Robin considers himself lucky, as his colleagues have been committed to the achievement of Māori students. Listen to more of Robin's kōrero.
Robin shares a tip for new principals, "We all need someone to lean on".