How Stubbornness Can Impede Educational Leadership
Being an educator, it is evident that every teacher and administrator has a pattern of leadership and instruction. His diversity of thoughts and techniques in administration is a beautiful phenomenon. As different educators continually bring new and innovative ideas to the educational community, these ideas should have their origin and be groomed within the scope of the educational sector.
Although educators and administrators become static in doing things, this stubbornness can lead to a big problem. Here we describe five ways whereby stubbornness can hinder educational leadership.
- New ideas are rejected
We all have specific ways we choose to do things, no doubt about that, and sometimes we believe, either being right or wrong, that those ways of ours are second to none. But this self-confidence in our practices can become problematic when it shifts into downright stubbornness and an unbending nature to change and adaptation. Everyone has a different opinion to contribute to, and mostly these innovative opinions can lead to incredible new ideas and practices within the fields of education. Educational leaders must be open to these opinions and ideas rather than waving them off due to their ignorance.
- Festering problems are ignored
Stubbornness within leadership does not appear only in the form of refusal to accept new ideas. Determination can also lead to septic problems being unattended to. For instance, an administrator may be ignoring a problem with a teacher she knows should be disciplined. She either feels she is too busy to deal with the problem, or the teacher was hired by her and did not want to feel responsible for hiring a displeasing teacher.
- Stubbornness becomes a precedent
When educational leaders start to display stubbornness, it can be much easier for that leader to show those levels of determination again. The best way to have members of staff that are manageable and open to new ideas is to be tractable and open to new ideas yourself. As an educational leader, you’re continually setting an instance for others, whether you are conscious of it.
- Micro-managing wastes time
When leaders are stubborn, they are poised to micromanage. If a leader sees that only she can perform a task, she would be on her staff’s neck and dishing out and making sure the team follows her exact instructions. Micro-managing wastes time a lot. Teach your staff how to be educational leaders.
- Your employees won’t feel appreciated
This micromanaging and unwillingness to listen to new ideas will likely lead to organizational conflict, especially in a hierarchical management system. Educators may start to be displeased with their administrators because they are undervalued in everything and are short of encouragement.
It is imperative to begin worsening an open-minded educational community as soon as possible. At the same time, we should be rewarding stubborn attitudes. Not only will you be able to scale through the given problems that have been discussed, but you should avoid hiring stubborn staff.