Identifying Great Leaders Within Your School District
Education leaders are only as good as the leadership team around them. But how can you identify prospective education leaders within your organization? We have some ideas on the topic. Let’s look at the traits of employees who have the potential to become great education leaders.
People’s Trust in Them
Building a culture of trust is the key to becoming an effective educational leader. This means you want your leadership team’s members to be trustworthy. You need to find people who have the trust of people both below and above them in the leadership hierarchy. For instance, a teacher who steers clear of gossip, keeps his word, and values the rules of confidentiality has the qualities to become a good educational leader.
As a leader, you need someone who is emotionally balanced and can control their emotions during an emergency or demanding situation. They should be aligned to their own feelings and that of others, which is crucial to building good work relationships. Thus, emotional intelligence and agility are prerequisites for school leadership posts.
Possess a Unique Skill-Set
You should seek individuals with unique skills that either you or the rest of your leadership team’s members lack. For instance, if your school is situated in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or New York, getting a multilingual speaker on your team would mean having an unmatched asset to leverage.
When employees act as mentors to their colleagues just because they want them to succeed, it indicates the makings of a prospective leader. One of the main tasks of a leader is to mentor subordinates, who can become effective parts of their leadership team. Thus, it’s important for a leader to be able to motivate and empower others, which is sure to have a positive impact.
Make Their Bosses Shine
Prospective leaders try to protect the company’s status and reputation by working in its best interest. Their efficiency and informal leadership help make their bosses look good. In case they think their boss is on the verge of making a colossal mistake, they speak their mind openly and offer a superior way.
Prospective leaders provide informal leadership during troubled times and lead from the front. You should look for people who can create a positive impact during emergencies and adverse situations. These people don’t complain. Instead, they leverage their expertise and influence to help their bosses turn the ship in the right direction.
The informal leaders you want to induct into your leadership team need to be proactive. When sensing a potential problem, they work to craft solutions on their own without being told to do so as it all comes naturally to them.
Did we miss out on anything? If yes, what do you think are some additional ways to recognize prospective education leaders within your school district?