I’m the new guy at our school district, and this is my first administrative role in a school. Let me first say that it is a lot of hard work, but it is also a lot of fun connecting with new teachers, administrators, and an entire community.
Sometimes we come into a new position excited and positive but are stymied by a negative climate. Or perhaps that climate has developed over time in our current school. Here is some help to move you in the right direction.
Adjusting Your Management Style for Difficult People AOL Jobs Dealing with difficult people is unfortunately part of leadership. In more extreme situations, you may need to have serious discussions about performance expectations and attitude.
Nancy J. Herr's insight:
Just as teachers adjust their methods for the various students they encounter, you need to adjust your leadership style for the various people you will encounter as an assistant principal. This article helps you adjust for the difficult ones.
In my research on the topic of employee morale much of the focus I've seen is employee driven. By that I mean the attention leans toward what can be done to make the employee happy (perks driven), motivated, etc.
I am so intrigued with the number of people that are jumping into principal positions as I think it is truly one of the best jobs in the world. It is also one of the toughest. Isolation within a school (even though that is a choice that we now make ourselves) has been kind of a norm in past years, so to have a shared focus as a school is foreign territory for many (including principals). Yet with a constant focus on “change”, many principals bring people together, but often for the wrong reasons. If you move to fast, that can often lead to strained relationships within a school and resentment towards the new “leader”. As much as principals want to make it “our school”, many admin really try to make it “their school”, or at least, that is the picture that they paint to their staff. Sometimes you need to move slow to go fast.
The Learning Guide's online units center on five key practices of effective principals, described in Wallace's The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning: Shaping a vision of academic ...
Nancy J. Herr's insight:
From Vicki Petzko, Coordinator of the New Principals Center at NASSP::
This resource is not only useful for superintendents and university preparation programs, but also for NEW principals themselves! There is a great deal of excellent information here to help you develop the skills and strengths that you will need to be successful.
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