Educational Leadership Secrets That Really Work

Running an educational institution is not a job for the faint-hearted. These figureheads are responsible for the livelihoods and future of hundreds of employees and students. They must also take responsibility for the overall performance of the institution. Here are several secrets that every leader should know when running the affairs of an institution.
  • Do not dismiss the opinions of learners or educators

Education officials operate in a top-down hierarchy. However, you should not adopt dictatorial tendencies, but rather listen to your staff and students. You shouldn’t think you have a monopoly on ideas since learners are always a hotbed of new perspectives. Your openness also makes everyone feel part of the institution and better placed to follow your vision.

The current times are trying times for this generation. When you are in a leadership position, you are bound to create a positive atmosphere in the school, at least to keep most of the negative feelings away from the school.

Since a school is a center of learning, education officials must also avoid being too rigid about things they don’t know. While encouraging the culture of learning among students, you must also embrace education. The best way to do this and inspire your team is to take a postgraduate university course or undertake a research study.

Even as an authority figure in your institution, you will always encounter a few naysayers who will disagree with your methods. However, if you are passionate about your beliefs, you should rightly maintain and implement them while aiming for a positive outcome. You’d better develop an airtight strategy that doesn’t give your detractors fodder to destroy your leadership.

  • Set reasonable expectations

All leaders are goal-oriented and their desires for the school drive progress. However, while striving for success in school, always remember to set reasonable goals for yourself. When you can achieve what you are aiming for, your staff and students will be encouraged and given momentum to take further positive action.

Feedback is the fuel for growth. In the case of learners, teachers will often give feedback after a test or assignment that shows where they are right and what they can do to avoid failure. Similarly, education managers should not neglect feedback, especially since they operate in an educational institution. Therefore, let your teachers know your thoughts on different topics. Also encourage them to provide frequent feedback to students.

Although educational leaders have a great responsibility to ensure the success of hundreds of students, there is not much they can accomplish. Therefore, do not put unnecessary pressure on yourself, otherwise you will end up burning out and hindering your progress. Always take time to take care of your family and personal affairs, at least to clear your head.


Janice G. Ball