Building Your Reputation as an Education Leader
Whether you are an established education leader or a new one, your reputation can determine your tenure’s future. Your leadership reputation is the way people evaluate your level of integrity or character. Sometimes an education leader’s reputation has some validity, but sometimes it doesn’t have anything. For example, you were a high school’s assistant principal, and now, you are getting promoted to the principal’s position at another high school. According to most of your former colleagues, you were the most efficient administrator they’ve ever worked with. However, some of your former colleagues may feel something different about you. The employees at your new school will naturally inquire about your reputation once they hear about your appointment. Unfortunately, the negative rumors will be spread more by most people than the positive stories. So, what should you do to develop your repute as an education leader? Let’s take a look at some effective strategies.
Identify Your Present Leadership Reputation
Conducting a survey to let the participants comment anonymously is a good option, but you should only use this option when you are strong enough to see what people really think about you. Asking a colleague is another effective idea to get authentic and constructive feedback.
Establish Your Desired Reputation
You can always alter your reputation and try to shape it the way you want it to be. Initially, individuals will believe negative things about you, but you can change this perception by challenging their beliefs. Introduce the real you to them, and your reputation should start to build.
Don’t Force People to Like You
When some people discover that others think negatively about them or don’t like them, they make special efforts to be liked. Remember that it can harm your leadership ability and spoil your tenure.
Create a Charm Offensive
Try to build a charm offensive rather than making special efforts to be liked. Here, you need to use a pleasant attitude to change people’s viewpoint about you. This will eventually make you a pleasant personality in people’s eyes, improving your reputation.
There may be significant validity in the negative stories said by others about you. In that case, take your time to chalk out a strategy to work on those negative attributes. Maintain transparency about the things you are presently involved in. Ask your family, friends, and colleagues to hold you accountable for the actions you take. Thank them without getting defensive. And don’t let them use it to influence you.
Reflect On Your Activities
Preferably daily but at least weekly, take time to think about the things you are doing carefully. Be sure to find a quiet place. Do you feel proud of the decisions you’ve made and the interactions you’ve had with colleagues? Were those interactions and decisions representative of a person with morals and integrity? Is this all you can do to achieve your reputation goals? Humans make mistakes, so consider them as part of life. Learn from the mistakes and continue working toward your reputation goals.
Can you suggest any other strategies to build education leaders’ reputations? Let me know your thoughts.