Your Management Style

How what you learned this week will affect it

Management Styles

This week's discussion thread was predominantly in favor of working within the TQM management style with inclusion of some aspects of both classic and scientific management styles in order to effectively manage within the school environment. Key points to achieving a proficient management style include possessing open and effective communication skills, being prepared yet flexible whether in the classroom or in the boardroom to allow open flow of ideas and improvements, each and every employee regardless of position, experience, or age should be valued and respected, maintaining a balance of authority and cooperation with each individual, and maintaining solid, definitive goals that are attainable and measurable. With experience, an effective management style can be adapted to fit each situation.

How can you use your management style to best affect your working relationships with...

The Principal?

  • Use keen observational skills to determine the principal's management style so you can determine the best way to establish a positive relationship.
  • Determine how to work within any bureaucracy imposed by the principal or administration while keeping communication lines open.
  • Be mindful of current procedures and guidelines while advocating for changes that may result in improvements.

The Teachers?

  • Determine how to align your style of management in a way that will compliment and support teachers to help them fulfill their goals and expectations.
  • Synthesize goals and objectives so that you are working toward a common goal to provide students the best education possible.
  • Work toward creating as many collaborative relationships as possible.

The School Staff?

  • Determine the hierarchy within the school staff which will indicate the most effective communication channels.
  • Show appreciation, make allies, establish good rapport and show staff that they are valued.

The Library Staff and Volunteers?

  • Encourage a library environment where your staff and volunteers collectively strive to provide quality resources and service to both students and faculty.
  • Show appreciation, establish good rapport, and show staff and volunteers that they are valued.

The Students?

  • Encourage values of integrity and ethics along with teamwork and quality instruction to provide students a library they value and respect that will foster a life long commitment to learning.
  • Promote creativity and flexibility while emphasizing critical thinking skills.
  • Present a united front when it comes to discipline and behavioral expectations that will foster respect and create attainable outcomes for the students.
  • Provide a supportive atmosphere that promotes creativity and encourage peer collaboration which will teach valuable life skills.