Management Skills in Schools: A Resource for School Leaders by Jeff Jones

By Jeff Jones

The writer indicates how managers in schooling can give a contribution to varsity development, and concentrate on the fundamental own and useful administration talents had to instill a favorable workforce tradition.

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There are a number of ways in which team leaders can encourage and produce effective teamwork. Successful teamwork depends on: LEADING AND DEVELOPING TEAMS 25 ( a clearly defined set of aims and objectives; ( the skills and qualities of the person leading the team; and ( the personalities and attributes of team members. Point for reflection Think of two or three teams to which you belong. Using the checklist below, which teams do you think are the most and least well developed? In your view, what key factors have contributed to their development?

To what extent do I value face-to-face contact with team members? 7. How remote am I in my style of communication? 8. What do I do to remain optimistic about progress? 9. How do I help the team to acknowledge realities without alienating them? 10. How do I show that I am genuinely pleased with the team’s successes? 11. How readily do I accept mistakes as learning opportunities? 12. To what extent do I see errors as an opportunity to apportion blame? 13. How willingly do team members contribute their ideas?

Despite difficulties over its precise nature, motivation is pivotal for team leaders because it is what makes people want to do things. Motivation is what makes them put real effort into what they do. 1 Indicators of present and absent motivation Signs that motivation is present Signs that motivation is absent ( High performance ( High results being consistently achieved ( Energy, enthusiasm and determination to succeed ( Unstinting cooperation to overcome problems ( Willingness to accept responsibility ( Willingness to accommodate necessary change ( Apathy and indifference towards the job ( Poor record of timekeeping and high absenteeism ( Exaggeration of the effects/difficulties encountered in problems, disputes and grievances ( Lack of cooperation in dealing with problems or difficulties ( Unjustified resistance to change nature and intensity from one person to another, depending on the particular range of influences impacting on them at any given time.

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