When I moved from the classroom to the Central Office as a Supervisor, my primary duty was to oversee a 6-million-dollar program.
The purpose of the program was help schools build teacher capacity to meet the needs of students.
While I was responsible for the management of the program, the school principal was responsible for how the funds were spent. Therefore, I needed to work with the principals to ensure I was successful in implementing the program.
So how did I build a partnership with the principals? Normally when principals meet with the Central Office personnel, they travel downtime for the meeting. As you can imagine, it is time-consuming and inconvenient for the principal to leave their school.
To build relationships and demonstrate how much I valued their time, I went to the school to meet with principal. That’s right, instead of requesting the principals to come to my office, I went to them. The principals appreciated my sensitivity.
During the meeting, I spent most of my time listening to the principals talk about their students, faculty and school. Based on what the principal shared, I would ask open-ended questions to probe deeper and guide the discussion.
Once I gathered basic information, I would recommend we conduct a needs assessment to gather input from the faculty. Once we collected input from the faculty, we would review the data and develop a professional development plan.
As we implemented the plan, we would make adjustments to the plan based on the feedback and data. Overall, each school’s professional development plan was successful in achieving the desired outcome.
You are in the chair now and it is important for you to be successful. To be successful, you need to motivate others to assist you in achieving your organizational goals. Why? Because no one is an island. We all need help from others to be successful.
How can your brand help you motivate others? Here are six ways, you can motivate others and achieve your desired outcomes.
- Listen to find out what they need
- Use open-ended questions to gather information
- Welcome involvement
- Be respectful and flexible
- Be transparent
- Do what you say
Effective leaders connect with others and motivate them to achieve organizational goals.
How are you motivating others?
Dr. Kim Moore, guiding YOU to lead with confidence!
Dr. Kim Moore
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