5 Strategies For Distributive Leadership In Schools

The problem school administrators face isn’t with leadership. It’s the inability to properly put in place distribution of leadership.

Do you ever get to the end of your day and wonder “Where did the time go”? Do you find your workload is exclusive to the supervision and leadership of others? Do you find that you’re left with little time to focus on your personal responsibilities?

Other HR personnel normally supervise 5-15 people. But the average school principal oversees the performance and development of 37 teachers. And this number does not including non-instructional staff. With so much responsibility, it’s clear why school leaders worry about hiring the right people the first time.

Hiring the right people means school leaders can share responsibilities and empower their team at the same time.

Distributing responsibilities relieves many administrative duties, while providing constant leadership development for educators.

Empowering all teachers–not just a select few– leads to strengthened leadership capacity. It also fosters a school community of support and appreciation.

1) Rotate leadership responsibilities

Make sure every person gets a chance to set agendas and take responsibility for a conversation they are leading. Taking ownership is an essential leadership skill to master. This could be facilitating a school-wide meeting or setting up budgets for departments.

2) Hire well

You are responsible for creating a team-based environment so do not shortcut the hiring process. Get everyone involved during this time to ensure that the new hire’s commitment and goals match with yours.

3) Don’t micromanage!

Teachers are entrusted with the lives of children every day by their parents. So why is it so challenging to trust them with other decision-making responsibilities? As a strong leader, you should be able to let go of some control and let others take the lead.

4) Allow opportunities for assessment

Provide teachers with hands-on, day-to-day coaching and support. This will help them focus on improving their teaching and leadership techniques. Giving feedback will help teachers develop their skills while creating a cohesive vision.  We already do this with students but often forget that adults can use feedback as well.

5) Make success—big and small—visible and irresistible

Who doesn’t want to be recognized for their work? By celebrating the little victories, you’ll keep up positive morale and make everyone feel appreciated.

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