Trust, communication, motivation, delegation, positivity, creativity, feedback, flexibility and responsibility.
These are some of the words you might associate with great leadership. Like any other language, the language of leadership must be learned, honed and practiced. It is the art of communication. Give employees your undivided attention, listen first, talk after and observe your body language. But above all, connect.
Trust. As Sir Terry Leahy suggests, “trust is the bedrock of leadership.” Teachers should feel comfortable approaching their managers and leaders with any concerns they might have. Without that element of trust, employees are less likely to share their apprehensions, and this can cause further issues much later.
If there is mutual respect and trust, teachers are more likely to share their thoughts and give their honest opinions. Being an honest and open leader will inspire your employees to do the same.
Confidentiality falls under this branch. Sharing private details about another employee is considered bad practice, so any concerns raised should be dealt with empathy and integrity between yourselves.
Communication is also fundamental. Leaders should communicate goals and tasks clearly and concisely in all forums. That includes individual, departmental and whole-school communication, whether it is in person, via telephone or via email.
Although a good leader should be able to articulate their thoughts carefully, they should also be willing to listen.
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