This past month, teachers and staff from both regions were surveyed to find out what they need from their principals/managers in order to feel successful in their role. Some gave feedback through informal conversations, others through the survey posted in last month’s Inside Scoop article, 8 Things Principals Want to See In Your Classrooms.
To the leadership team -- much of this information will not be new to you; in fact, a lot of the needs are things you are well aware of, working on, and/or genuinely wish you had the time, resources, and extra hands needed to provide. Some will not apply to you, but some might. And some might provide a new angle on a solution you’ve already tried. Please know that many of the responses demonstrated an awareness that there are challenges the leadership team faces that are unseen by the rest of the staff. There was also a great deal of appreciation expressed, as the survey also asked staff to think about someone they consider a great leader and describe what makes them great… which means that although it may not be everywhere, the needs listed below are being met at different times and different places throughout our organization.
To the teachers -- please know that your leadership team sees you, hears you, and values you. We are not perfect, and know it. The monthly Leadership Development Training that we are undergoing addresses all these things you have asked for (and more), and though progress may be slower than we’d all like, we hope you will start to see some concrete changes.
Here’s to increasing trust, understanding, and openness on both ends. Cheers!
8 THINGS FIVE KEYS EMPLOYEES NEED FROM THEIR LEADERS