How stubbornness can get in the way of educational leadership
Although educators and administrators become static in their actions, this stubbornness can lead to a big problem. Here we describe five ways in which stubbornness can hinder educational leadership.
- New ideas are rejected
We all have specific ways of doing things, there’s no doubt about it, and sometimes we believe, whether we’re right or wrong, that our ways are unmatched. But this self-confidence in our practices can become problematic when it turns into outright stubbornness and an inflexible nature to change and adapt. Everyone has a different opinion to contribute to, and most of these innovative opinions can lead to amazing new ideas and practices in the fields of education. Educational leaders should be open to these opinions and ideas rather than ignoring them out of ignorance.
- Recurring problems are ignored
Stubbornness in leadership does not only show up in the form of a refusal to accept new ideas. Determination can also lead to unattended septic problems. For example, an administrator can ignore a problem with a teacher she knows she has to be disciplined. Either she feels she’s too busy to deal with the problem, or the teacher was hired by her and didn’t want to feel responsible for hiring a teacher she didn’t like.
- Stubbornness becomes a precedent
When education leaders begin to show stubbornness, it can be much easier for that leader to show those levels of determination again. The best way to have staff members who are manageable and open to new ideas is to be docile and open to new ideas yourself. As an education leader, you continually set an example for others, whether you realize it or not.
- Micro-management wastes time
When leaders are stubborn, they are willing to micromanage. If a leader sees that only she can accomplish a task, she would be on the necks of her staff and make sure the team follows her exact instructions. Micro-management wastes a lot of time. Teach your staff how to be educational leaders.
- Your employees will not feel appreciated
This micromanagement and reluctance to listen to new ideas will likely lead to organizational conflict, especially in a hierarchical management system. Educators may begin to resent their administrators because they are undervalued in everything and lack encouragement.
It is imperative to start aggravating an open-minded educational community as soon as possible. At the same time, we should reward stubborn attitudes. Not only will you be able to move through the given issues that have been discussed, but you should avoid hiring stubborn staff.