Cody underlines importance of community spirit
Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody praised the "volunteering spirit" of Ireland's primary school teachers, and told them never to lose it.
Mr Cody, principal of De La Salle boys primary school in Kilkenny, shared his views on good leadership with the 1,000 delegates attending the conference in Kilkenny.
He said: "The first thing a good leader needs to do is develop a good spirit in your group. This is done by valuing everyone's opinion, showing respect for all members of the group and by being honest and genuine in your approach. Have enough humility to recognise that you do not have all the answers."
The hurling supremo, who has presided over over nine All-Ireland hurling victories for Kilkenny, went on: "Set yourself goals. Be happy when you achieve these goals but be wary of success. It can make you complacent."
He praised primary teachers for the contribution they have made in their communities but said their "volunteering spirit needed to be maintained".
"This community spirit has helped children in difficult times. If we ever lose that spirit we really will have a recession."