How to work with the staff is an important question. The best leaders build a culture that is based on good leadership, and staff are central to this culture. However, how do you identify which staff members are good in leading and doing things well? There are some simple ways of doing this, and you can work with staff effectively.
The first step is to use surveys to find out what you want from staff. Survey the attitudes and behaviours that are characteristic of your team, both as individuals and as a group. You may wish to ask them about their job satisfaction, and ask them what they think the school would be like if more of them were positive rather than negative. Pay attention to the attitudes and behaviours that are related to your own leadership style – are you more open or more authoritarian? This can help you work with staff to create an environment where they feel positive about themselves, both as learners and workers. This positive change can in turn create good outcomes for your school.
The next thing to do is to think carefully about the kinds of changes that you would like to see. Are there any inherent flaws in the way that your organization works, the culture that has developed, or the current structure that you would like to change? These can be barriers to getting your desired outcomes, especially if other school leaders have not yet identified and addressed these problems. If you identify problems before other leaders do, you can take steps to make a difference in the future.
Next, think carefully about your job descriptions and processes.
- Are you satisfied with the level of pay and promotion that you are receiving?
- Are you happy with the number of duties and functions that you are responsible for? Is your job description appropriate?
- If your job description does not match the reality of your working life, you may need to make some fundamental changes that will have a lasting impact on your company.
You may also find that there are aspects of your job descriptions or responsibilities that are causing you to fail. Are you having trouble fulfilling responsibilities and goals because of a lack of effective methods? Are your staff members having difficulty understanding and fulfilling responsibilities for reasons beyond your control such as ill health or poor physical conditions?
The bottom line is that no matter what kind of organization you work with, if you do not manage its processes and activities properly, it is not likely to yield the desired results. Even though everyone wants to be involved, if you do not have clear guidelines and standards, your effort will only be a success in the short-term. You must establish processes and structures that work for everyone in order to achieve desired results. In order to create real, permanent change, you must be prepared to face the criticism and scrutiny of your staff, your supervisors, and your clients.
If you can identify areas in which you need improvement, share this information with your staff and supervisors. Invite them to come up with ways in which they can improve themselves. When you encourage positive change within your organization, you will find that not only will you be able to improve your personal relationships within the company, but you will be able to improve your overall working relationship with your staff. You will be able to build a stronger bond between the members of your organization, and you will find that it is easier to get things accomplished. While you may not think of change as a personal problem, sometimes it can be viewed that way. If you are able to make a positive change in yourself, others will be more open to change in you as well.
If you do not want to wait for one-on-one staff meetings to solve problems, consider hosting weekly or monthly staff meetings that allow your staff members to discuss workplace concerns. Have a summary of the issues discussed at these meetings written down, and make a commitment to addressing these issues at the next staff meeting. This will give all staff members a chance to voice their opinions and have them noted. By solving problems together, you may be able to solve many of the problems your business encounters, even if they are more complex than a simple problem that arises from staff meetings.