Career Development

Guide to Developing Leaders Within My School District

Do you have leaders within your school district? According to DDI's CEO Leadership Report 2021, one in three CEOs believe their organizations' leadership quality is "very good" or "excellent." It is impossible to be inside every classroom, office, or area in your school district, so you need to have reliable people working and able to guide others. This article will cover some ways that you can build leadership within your own school district. 

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Provide learning opportunities

Not all employees have natural leading abilities. This can be remedied by providing opportunities to learn how to be a leader. This can be done through workshops, informational pamphlets, leadership discussions, and many other ways. There is always room for improvement, so this will still be helpful for those with natural leadership abilities. Employees will feel supported in their career journeys by providing resources to further their leadership abilities. 

Give feedback

Often, employees will not know what they need to improve on without receiving feedback. Taking time to review each employee's performance and provide helpful feedback will help them be better leaders. When giving feedback, make sure to be encouraging and positive. If they need to improve on something, make sure to tell them, but also tell them what they are already doing great at. 

Be clear on expectations.

What does leadership look like to you? Make sure to communicate this so that employees know what you expect from them. If a leader has good time management, set those expectations. When setting expectations, ensure they are realistic and attainable. When clear expectations allow employees to create their own goals for leadership and work independently. Communicating your expectations sets your employees up for success. 

Lead by example

If you want leaders in your school, then you yourself need to be a leader. Leaders can not be created if they do not have a good leader to show them the way. If you are a good leader, others will follow your path. Making an example is an excellent way to put your expectations into action. You can not expect something from your employees if you are also unable to do it. They need a role model to look at for support and guidance. 

Provide leadership opportunities

Leaders can not lead unless they have the opportunity to. The CEO Leadership Report 2021 found a connection between leaders feeling confident in their ability to lead others and others and self-reported leadership effectiveness ratings. Trust in your employees that they are capable of leading and give them the chance to show.

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