Leadership and management are closely related, but not the same. Management is about getting things done, effectively and efficiently. As managers we delegate, empower, follow-through and report back. As leaders, we craft a vision, inspire, motivate and lead to positive change.
The three key categories of Leadership Principles
Many have gone before and considered the vast qualities of leadership, depending on their perspective of the world. We’ve categorized them into Personal, Interpersonal and Contextual leadership principles.
Personal Leadership Principles
The first personal leadership principle is to Lead by Example. You are marketing yourself every moment of every day, and in order to inspire, you need to be the inspiration. When your behaviour is different than your vision, people are confused and will move on to more authentic leaders.
No single teacher is liked by everyone, all of the time. It’s important to be yourself while being true to your values and there will be like-minded individuals who value you for being you.
You may feel fear and insecure at times. Leaders are courageous. Courage is to step through the fear you feel and act regardless. Believe in yourself and your skills, do your best and you will reap the rewards. Let your passion flow and your confidence will grow.
Interpersonal Leadership Principles
The relationships you build are crucial to effective leadership. Develop good relationships in the classroom and amongst fellow teachers, principles and parents.
Cultivate the values of integrity and honesty, for deceit and lies will come to light. However, be tactful and sensitive in your communication. Seek first to understand the perspective of others before you act.
Contextual Leadership Principles
It is important to understand your ever-evolving environment and plan, apply and adapt accordingly. Develop and get buy-in to your vision. Once you have focus, your priorities will be clear and managing your time will be easier.
A good leader is constantly looking for win-win solutions where all parties have been considered. It will require resourcefulness and the ability to be creative and think on your feet.
Leaders are proactive. They are victors, not victims. Leaders are willing to learn and grow and there is no better growth opportunity than when you teach!
Ten Principles of Leadership
In summary, the following principles are key to effective leadership:
Lead by example