Ep 11 Wholehearted Leadership

In this episode, Meg chats to the highly respected educational leader and visionary Wendy Ashley-Cooper. Wendy shares how her early life experiences shaped her into becoming the wholehearted Principal of The Glennie School in Toowoomba, Queensland for fifteen years. Her positive outlook, coupled with her sensible realism, will inspire you to live a life of purpose and optimism.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • How to learn from your experiences, whether good or bad, to remain optimistic
  • Recognising the power of cultivating self-worth in your life and uplifting others to do the same
  • What it means to make the most of opportunities and find value in everything and everyone

Why you should listen

This episode is for educators, parents and students who need a change in perspective. Your life doesn’t need to be perfect in order to enjoy it fully. Listening to this conversation, you’ll learn ways to build resilience and find value in yourself and others. Meg and Wendy dive deep into essential life lessons that will inspire you to live well and be happy.

Practical Applications

  • Find the value in each person
  • Reflect on your experiences and what you can learn from them
  • Remember that bad times will pass – what’s one thing you can do today that will make you happy?

You can quote us on that…

“Being taken out of the world that you’re familiar with and put in a completely new context does help you to see things from the outside and not just accept everything as given.”

Wendy Ashley-Cooper

“Self-belief is something that I’ve had to cultivate deliberately. I’ve managed, by luck and some good experience, to develop that into something quite strong, which keeps me going through the bad times.”

Wendy Ashley-Cooper

“Life has taught me that it’s a gift, that it’s a privilege to be alive and that we are all very valuable. Much more valuable than we could ever imagine.”

Wensy Ashley-Cooper

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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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