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“Change” and the Leader…by Frank Giuseffi
“Change” is an often necessary but difficult process to go through. It is a struggle to move from one paradigm to another, especially if the original paradigm was practiced for a lengthy duration of time. Moreover, when change is implemented in schools, the ramifications can be all the more stressful since the change effects people who are deeply and emotionally committed to the education of children. However, change can also be exhilarating and liberating. Leaders of any organization that come together to work for the improvement of society, whether it be in business, not-for-profit organizations, or schools, are dedicated to something greater than themselves; this can be an ennobling experience. However, in order to experience positive and productive the leader must be aware of a few things…
First and foremost is seeing that you, the school leader, have the right people behind you in any change you want to implement. These people need to know that they are respected by you. They need to feel confident that you will listen to them and take their opinions into account when making a decision. Conversely, you need to know that they will take instruction and direction from you. Secondly, there needs to be effective communication when trying to promote change. School leaders need to clearly articulate the reason for the change and how the change is going to be implemented. This can be a daunting task. Communication is a common problem in schools today. Either the school leader is not communicating well to his/her teachers, or teachers only hear what they want to hear. Either way, this barrier has to be overcome in order for positive change to occur. Next, the leader needs to delegate important tasks to talented, hard working people who will see that the change is implemented. This is an important step in the process of change. An organization will change through the leadership of the CEO, President, Principal or General, but at a slow rate. If the leader gets committed, innovative individuals in key positions to also lead, then the change will spread throughout the organization rapidly.
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