Building a Culture of Growth: Leadership Teams
How do leadership teams promote a culture of growth?
"Leadership is action, not position." —Donald McGannon, executive
Safe, effective schools require leadership at every level: students, parents, teachers, administrators, support and operations staff. Leadership is not about the formal title one has, but about the actions and behaviors that one demonstrates.
Leadership teams offer a structure for shared leadership and decision making. Shared leadership promotes a culture of growth and builds trust within a school community because it provides the opportunity for all voices to be represented and heard.
I can explain structures and practices that promote relational trust and a growth mindset for adults.
Read: Teams Built for Learning
Guidelines for Leadership Teams: Guidelines for structuring and ensuring effective leadership teams.
Criteria for a High-Functioning Leadership Team: Indicators to measure the effectiveness of a school leadership team.
As you read, think about your aspirations, alignments, achievements, and adjustments regarding school leadership teams. You may download this 4 A's Protocol Recording Form for a more detailed description and to support your thinking.
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Lebanon School Work Plan: A school work plan example that illustrates the strategic thinking that grounds all the work of the leadership team and the decisions that a leadership team makes.
Work Plan Criteria: Criteria indicators for a quality work plan.
How Schools Can Improve Student Achievement: A summary of research about factors that influence student achievement including relational trust and other research-based practices.
Discuss & Plan
With colleagues, discuss the following questions.
- Go back to your 4 A's Protocol responses.
- Compare your responses to those of your colleagues.
- To what extent were they similar?
- To what extent were they different?
- If there were discrepancies, what does that signal for you as a team?
- What new understanding do you have about the function of a school leadership team?
- What do you think is the right next step toward developing a highly effective school leadership team?
- Can you reach a consensus with colleagues about the right next step?