Mistakes That Educational Leaders Make
There are hundreds of books and guides that describe the positive attributes of a leader. Still, leadership is not always a rosy affair because humans are prone to make mistakes, even educational gurus. We have explained a handful of frequent errors common among authorities in education below. Fortunately, these blunders are not a death sentence but rather an avenue to learn and become better at guiding the teachers and students in your institution.
Neglecting Interpersonal Relations for Work Matters
Many school administrators are swamped with endless tasks. You’ll often notice how busy the school heads are on their computers or with paperwork when you visit their offices. Sometimes, they are unavailable because of an important meeting or other official affairs. Usually, it is impossible to get their undivided attention unless you are dealing with an effective leader. An educational leader shouldn’t sacrifice his or her staff to wholly commit to official matters. Instead, true leaders show that they care for their team’s wellbeing and at least actively listen to their team’s problems.
Providing criticism is an essential responsibility of educational leaders and teachers. When students aren’t performing as expected, the instructor should know where they went wrong and tell them how to improve on the next attempt. Similarly, teachers too can fall into an error, and their superiors are expected to correct them. In both cases, critiquing is a personal matter and shouldn’t be made public no matter how busy you are. Most times, a public dress-down has a negative impact on performance, and you are better off setting aside time for a private meeting.
It’s a known fact that institutional administrators are hard workers. However, they are not solely responsible for the daily running of the school. Teachers, staff members, students, and even parents equally contribute to the success of an institution. Therefore, it would be unfair to the whole lot if you did not recognize their input. Showing gratitude shows that you are a caring leader. Also, this recognition is a powerful motivator for the entire team, and it will spur further productive efforts.
Not Facing a Confrontation
No leader likes a conflict, and most would go out of their way to avoid one. Nevertheless, there are unavoidable circumstances where you’ll have to deal with angry parents, unsatisfied teachers, or unruly students. In these scenarios, sidestepping the issue by heaping all the blame on someone else is the easiest thing to do. However, you wouldn’t be solving the problem but rather allowing it to fester into a severe matter altogether. If you’re considering this action, drop that thought. Instead, a true leader owns both the positive and negative outcomes of their team. Mistakes are a necessary evil throughout the world – it doesn’t matter if you are in education or the corporate world. Also, it is during a crisis when we can learn what went wrong to improve on the next attempt.
Many leadership guides will tell you what to do right but not mention the mistakes that those in authority frequently make. However, these blunders are necessary if you want to earn the trust of your team and eventually become a better leader.