Do you remember from School Leadership: Part 1 how toxic the leadership style from example 1 was to its school culture and student success? Here is a quick recap:
- Leader followed a closed-door policy
- Lack of communication
- No professional development or ongoing support for directives
- Leader not visible (absent + never visited classrooms)
- No self-accountability (blamed all other stakeholders)
- Inconsistent consequences
- No teacher voice
- Encouraged competition over collaboration
- Student scores significantly decreased despite newer building and more resources
Were you able to pick out all of the toxic cues? Yes, a frightening display of leadership. I have undergone leadership training from AmeriCorp, Leadership Immersion programs, national educational conferences and through the traditional University route. In doing this, I have had the opportunity to study various leadership methods, theories and practices from several different entities. None of them prepare you to lead with the type of leadership style described above. It leads you to wonder… What kind of administrative certification training did they receive? Perhaps these leaders are operating under outdated practices. Do they even like their field? Whatever the reason, they are toxic!
Toxic School Crackdown
So how do we improve a toxic school such as this one? Well, we need to implement a crackdown. First you... read more.