LEAD­ERS IN A SCHOOL SET­TING

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ABDON D. AGUILAR

What are the traits of a suc­cess­ful leader, es­pe­cially in a school set­ting? Of course, he should pos­sess cer­tain traits or qual­i­ties that would make him a good leader. These traits will help max­i­mize the re­sources in his en­vi­ron­ment and the tal­ents of peo­ple in the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

To be a suc­cess­ful leader, one should have a “pos­i­tive” at­ti­tude, es­pe­cially to­wards changes in his en­vi­ron­ment. In a school, changes are al­ways in­evitable. Not only is a good leader com­mit­ted to change, but he must also en­cour­age this among his sub­or­di­nates.

Af­ter all, only the or­ga­ni­za­tion or school that em­braces change can grow and pr os­per.

A step to­wards this di­rec­tion is hir­ing com­pe­tent peo­ple who will run the school. These peo­ple should be knowl­edge­able, ex­perts and spe­cial­ists in their re­spec­tive fields.

A leader also “be­longs” to other groups, and as part of these groups, he should en­cour­age dis­cus­sions as a means of deal­ing with prob­lems. All those who should be part of the dis­cus­sions should be the ones who will par­tic­i­pate in mak­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sions.

A suc­cess­ful school leader also gives or­ders that clearly state who is to do what, when and how. There should be clarity in the or­ders to avoid con­fu­sion and du­pli­ca­tion of tasks.

A good leader also rec­og­nizes the hard work of his staff. He praises them when needed and shows in­ter­ests in their en­deav­ors. By do­ing this, he helps them grow in their work.

When his sub­or­di­nates need as­sis­tance, a good leader is there to help. He helps when it is needed. This way, his staff re­sponds and be­come ef­fi­cient and pro­duc­tive.

When man­ag­ing crises, his head is al­ways in the game. He should not show any sign of weak­ness, be­cause a lot of peo­ple are look­ing up to him for guid­ance. Also, he should obey all the rules that he ex­pects his peo­ple to fol­low. How can they trust him oth­er­wise?

While he should obey all the rules, he should also be will­ing to take risks, which is an im­por­tant part of lead­er­ship and man­age­ment. It is bet­ter to act than to wait and do noth­ing.

He should also be a good lis­tener, so he may find out what is go­ing on in the school and im­me­di­ately ad­dress any signs of pos­si­ble trou­ble.

He also seeks to “in­volve” stake­hold­ers in de­ci­sion-mak­ing in school. These de­ci­sions will one way or the other af­fect them so he needs to build their trust and sup­port.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at Teacher-in-charge, Sa­pang Bato Na­tional High SchoolSHS

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