I am going to move into a new position, within the same school, for the next school year. Up until now I have been a grade 6 -12 Head of Department for Mathematics. Soon I will be an Associate Principal for grades 6 – 12. Obviously, such a significant change has led me to deeply consider what I need to do in order to be successful in this new position.
To be perfectly honest, I did not particularly care for disparaging manner in which managers were described, but I did agree with the traits that good leaders exhibit. In my new job, I will strive to listen, ask questions rather than always trying to provide the answers, give praise where it is due, and frame criticism within genuine positive statements. This latter behavior will be particularly important in teacher evaluation conversations.
I think listening, and asking questions is going to be a very important part of my new job. Often, leaders or managers don’t have time to ask people what they think. However, I feel that I really need to make time to listen to individual faculty, and make sure they know that their opinions are valued.