Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Good Leadership Practice - Top Tips

Have you seen this article from the National College on top leadership tips? 
How many of them have you applied in your current setting?
Would any of these be a target to work on this half term?
Do you currently have any colleagues in your team who would benefit from reading these?

Do …
  • Come across positively to others. It’s worth taking the time to self-reflect – would you consider yourself to be credible if you had to work with you?
  • Present yourself well. That means dressing appropriately, being positive and polite when you deal with people, and using language that doesn’t offend anyone. It also applies to your written work – bad spelling, grammar and punctuation send out the wrong signals.
  • Lead by example. Make sure others know they can rely on you. Be responsible for your own actions and accept accountability if things don’t go according to plan.
  • Be a decision-maker. If you’re in charge of something, think things through properly, evaluate your criteria and make objective choices.
  • Exercise objectivity. No one will thank you for a decision you’ve made just because you’ve felt like it. Do what’s right for the activity you’re working on and the people you’re working with.
  • Take stock. Don’t rush into absolutely everything. Often we work to tight deadlines, but make sure you step back and look at the overall picture on occasion. Use this time to reflect on your objectives and make sure you’re on target.
  • Delegate wisely and give people their own opportunities to develop. A professional person doesn’t feel they need to do everything themselves. They appreciate the benefits others bring and recognise they’re not always the best person for the job.
  • Communicate. People need to know what is going on – be it the colleagues you’re working with, the staff you manage, or your own bosses who want to know progress is being made. Pick up the phone and talk to them, arrange meetings, send emails – communicate and keep them informed.
  • Plan and organise. Work out what you need to do, and how you’re going to do it. Manage your resources properly and think about contingency plans.
  • Attend to the little details. Sometimes it’s the things we overlook rather than deal with that cause problems. Don’t be caught out by missing something obvious. 
Look out for the next set of tips from the National College on what NOT to do!

Which of these 'DOs' would you think is most important?
Are there key ones missing that you think should be included?

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