The Importance Of Collaborative Leadership In Schools

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While undergoing training on how to effectively lead, principals should concentrate on improving and creating collaborative relationships with the teachers under their command. One benefit of creating collaborative rather than totalitarian leadership includes taking some weight and responsibilities off the shoulders of a principal. To create an efficiently functioning school, principals must allow input from others. According to the scholar Linda Lambert in an Educational Leadership article, “By understanding that learning and leading is firmly linked in community, we take the first essential step in building shared instructional leadership capacity” (37). Through the free exchange of information, ideas, and input amongst the entire staff of …show more content…
Collaboration helps create a positive school environment because in positive schools “staff have a shared sense of purpose, where they pour their hearts into teaching” (Peterson 2). To achieve “a shared sense of purpose” in a school environment, principals and teachers must communicate with each other concerning the goals of the school, and the majority of the staff must agree with the nature of these goals. While the implementation of collaborative leadership may allow a school to achieve the formulation and implementation of these goals, a principal should still act as the head of the school and make the final decisions. While positivity generally boosts morale in a school and consequently improves it, principals should not sacrifice true leadership to attain this positivity. Often, in order to avoid confrontation or to accomplish their teacher reviews without inputting much effort, principals provide only positive comments on teacher review evaluation forms like the one presented below. However, research shows that teachers dislike this practice because the evaluations fail to carry out their intended purpose of creating improvements by failing to provide teachers with ways that they could improve their instruction. In a case study conducted by Blase and Blase, a woman …show more content…
If a ship represented a school, then a principal should act as the compass, guiding the school and pointing it in the right direction without trying to act as the all-controlling captain that berates the crew. In effective schools, teachers should know on a more intimate level what methods work and fail in the classroom, and the principals should only function as apparatuses that aid the teachers in improving their classrooms without acting as unnecessary obstacles. Just as positivity and collaboration prevents mutiny from occurring aboard a ship, these methods when utilized by principals also create perfect harmony within schools. In contrast, a principals acting in a micromanaging and dictatorial capacity holds back their schools from creating the finest learning environments possible, and they may suffer mutiny from his their teachers just as ship captains may from their crew. Through the transformation of American principals from dictatorial to collaborative leaders, the nation’s school system grows closer to permanently fixing its flaws exposed by A Nation at Risk because principals who transform in this way will promote only the most effective and positive elements of education. As evidence of this change, instead of disheartening students who witness icy

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