Leadership Qualities that School Leaders must know
Great Leaders may have a few similar characteristics, but their styles differ. What makes them great is their ability to switch to other styles according to the need of the hour. This ability of adapting and handling every situation is the quality which everyone looks up to.
Different styles make every leader unique in their own way. Below are a few qualities or styles that leaders follow.
The Authoritative Leader
Leaders need to push or mobilize people towards a vision. This style works best when changes are required or when a clear path is needed. The authoritative leader fills up the team with confidence and drives them towards goals that are needed to be achieved. The strongest leading style where the leader leads the team towards one direction. The drawback is that employees may feel less connected as leader is the only decision maker and the employees have to follow the orders given by the leader.
The Affiliative Leader
During stressful circumstances, a leader needs to focus on motivating the team. The main qualities of this leader are that he is more inclined towards building relationships & is empathetic. The style is that of “people come first”. Every member feels connected to each other and develops emotional bonds. Typically the followers will receive much praise from this style of leader, however poor performance tends to go unchecked.
The Democratic Leader
Here the leaders make the final decisions, but they include other team members in the decision-making process. They encourage creativity, and people are often highly engaged in projects and decisions. As a result, team members tend to have high job satisfaction and high productivity. This is quite popular style of leadership. A very collaborative nature can be observed in organizations that are run under this style of leadership. The only drawback is that during stressful times, being democratic may not work.
The Coaching Leader
For education sector, this might be the best style of leadership. This leader helps people develop for the future. This leader pushes the teachers and other employees try new things and help them develop and grow. Coaching is an appropriate style for schools because it models learning by encouraging staff to establish long-term development goals and to find ways of attaining them. Coaching leaders give plenty of instruction and feedback. This kind of approach works better when the staff is aware of their weakness and wants to learn and improve.
The Visionary Leader
Visionary leaders are clear about what they believe and know is best for learning. The leader's individual beliefs have developed in collaboration with other stakeholders and articulated into some kind of vision or mission statement. Also important element is that the experiences of students and outcomes are at the center of this vision. A visionary leader talks and walks the school's vision.
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