Over time, the concept of 'leadership' vs. 'management' has somehow evolved into a pejorative view of management skills as a set of low-level, mundane and inferior set of skills when compared to the loftier instructional leadership skills. The intention here is not to enter into a qualitative debate, but rather to demonstrate that an effective instructional leader needs to have well-developed management skills in order to lead effectively. A poor manager will be hampered by broken relationships, mounds of unfinished paperwork, unmet deadlines and missing or unspent school funds.
What follows is a synopsis of the key management skills whose absence have caused difficulty for some school leaders.
The article goes on to describe:
- communication skills
- time management
- dispute resolution
- fiscal responsibility
Published in: OPC Register - Spring 2011, Vol 13, No. 1