As school leaders, we delegate many responsibilities to members of our management team and depend heavily on them to run our schools. The bigger the school, the more we delegate. Our management teams are critical to the successful functioning of our schools.
While members of our team may be smart, capable people, they are not always excellent team players. Once, I had a talented, intelligent business manager who couldn’t figure out how to play on our team. After trying many approaches, I hired a topnotch management consultant and organized a retreat. We learned a lot about school management teams and how to work together on a team. We made progress.
Gradually, my business manager’s same old behaviors returned and we struggled again to function as a strong team. I couldn’t seem to get things back on track, so I decided it was time to part ways. It was unfortunate to have to reach that decision. She was quite talented, but just couldn’t function well on our team. Or so I thought.
A few years later, I had another talented but difficult member of my management team. The longer we worked together, the more we struggled to work effectively as a team. This time, I hired a consultant who was also a professional leadership coach. Again, we organized a management retreat, learned new strategies for working together as a team, and made significant progress.
This time, my management consultant continued to work with me as my leadership coach. We met regularly and she coached me to figure out solutions to the complex challenges of school leadership and maintain a strong management team. With her help, I gained new perspectives, learned a lot about myself, developed my emotional intelligence and understood better my contributions to the challenges we faced as a team. I realized that her ongoing support as a coach was critical to my success as a team leader.
It is difficult to build and lead strong management teams. Yet, our success in leadership roles is often determined by our ability to be team builders and leaders. The landscape is littered with schools, organizations, governments, businesses and sports franchises that have suffered dearly from the disintegration of leadership teams. Don’t let that happen to you or your school.
Leadership coaching is one of the best investments you will ever make in your success as a school leader, whether it’s for developing and leading your management team or for other challenges you face in school leadership. Contact me for professional coaching services. I guarantee you will be glad you did.