Do Leaders Make The Times? Essay

767 Words Dec 10th, 2014 4 Pages
Do leaders make the times, or do the times make the leaders? (Bolman, 2008, p. 348). This is a question that has been debated over the years and will be in the future. Through good times or bad, administrators have an ever growing list of demands to balance; the new school policy that is headed to the school board, the phone call from a parent of a student you just suspended, or a dispute amongst colleagues over the most effective way to reach reluctant learners. There is always plenty on their plate. The confusion of where to turn next can be overwhelming. Administrators must posses the ability to distribute leadership responsibilities in a manner that ensures that their organization runs at the highest efficiency level, while maintaining morale of their students and staff. Many people equate leadership with a role of power, which is linked to a specific individual. This responsibility is typically perceived to be held by the principal, however this leadership can be shouldered amongst many people within the building. This leadership ‘team’ is only as good as its’ weakest link. This team must be built with motivated, thoughtful individuals that keep the school community’s best interest at hand. This leadership team can be contributed to directly by many people such as teachers, students, parents, or community members. By utilizing a variety of people you are ensuring that you tap into the talents of everyone involved and ultimately provide an improved school climate.…

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