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The art of delegation

The art of delegation

Some school leaders are not too keen on delegation.  We’re not talking despotic regimes but we are certainly in the realm of what teachers euphemistically label “individualistic” or “headstrong” management styles: a leader in a silo of their own ideas, micromanaging every aspect of the school and viewing input or initiative from colleagues as a personal affront.  This environment can arise for numerous reasons - a few examples are fear, distrust, ego and lack of planning - but whatever the reason, not delegating is a damaging decision for school leaders.  This is because delegation is at the heart of good school leadership.  It is essential for staff development and energy, as well as being integral to a leader gaining respect for his or her authority.  It also makes the job of school management easier and makes the school a better place, as there is a larger pool of ideas to pick from.

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