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Sunday, April 29, 2018

School Administration: Leading Teams Rather Than Individuals

It occurred to me today that if school administrators sought to lead teams rather than individuals, their work could be more targeted and successful.

For example to lead a building of 50 individuals and work with each of those individuals to set goals and evaluate each individual's efforts is a lot of disjointed work. On the other hand if those individuals were broken up into 10 teams, then you could lead and evaluate each team as well as encourage the members of each of those teams to lead each other forward. This is a model of distributive leadership that will be more efficient, targeted, and successful. It is also a model of distributive leadership that provides an example to students of what good teams do and how effective collaboration works--this kind of modeling is essential for the world they will live in.