Being an Effective Headteacher by Trevor Male
By Trevor Male
Aiding first-time headteachers make the transition to formal management, this source presents crucial aid and encouragement to assist them satisfy their strength as academic leaders.
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Most headteachers I know, for example, would not respond to aggression with aggression as they hold values that correspond to civilized behaviour. They would be seeking to do two things – to defuse the tension in the situation (thus buying time for decision space) and to evaluate their likely responses so as not to compromise their principles. Emotional Intelligence This brings me to the notion of Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI became very popular around the beginning of the new millennium and was touted frequently as a leadership quality of major proportions.
From that initial high point of competence and confidence those in search of effective headship can strike out for the high plains of team working and distributed leadership which signify your final destination. Moving into Headship Research into headship has demonstrated that few are prepared for the demands of the position to which they are appointed, with this statement holding true for second or subsequent headships. The nature of the challenge in such circumstances is clearly different, but there is ample evidence emerging to demonstrate that success in one school does not necessarily ensure success in a subsequent post.
Socialization Tactics Van Maanen (1978) demonstrates that individuals, organizations and systems apply a number of tactics, consciously or unconsciously, to influence the integration of new members. The tactics employed by the incoming individual are related to their perceived status in the organization, with those destined for the formal leadership position being placed in the unique situation of both influencing and being influenced as they make the transition. This recognition leads, in turn, to the identification of different stages of capability, often defined by a period of time, according to the way in which the individual and the existing social system make mutual adjustments to accommodate each other’s preferences.