Leadership Styles of Northwest Middle School
With every education community there are successes and challenges each organization has at its leadership level. The decisions the leadership team makes to help fulfill the school’s vision and counteract these challenges starts with the leadership styles. One may argue that the teachers and staff are the most important component. Yes, students cannot learn without teachers to teach, but the leaders are usually the first and final voice in the decision-making process. Northwest Middle School of Kansas city, Kansas has ninety-nine percent free or reduce lunch students, the poorest school in Kansas, and is considered at- risk. Four years ago the ...view middle of the document...
All leadership members work together as a group to first discuss topics, strategies, policies, and etc. before presenting them to the staff for further discussions. Participant leadership style is closely related to democratic leadership. Democratic leadership shifts the power from the top to the larger unit, teachers (Botha, 2010). However, with participative the ultimate power or finally say so is based on the leadership team. The head principal desires for staff to function like a family, but he has to do what he feels is best, even if it may be against the majority. The head principal would not ask staff for their opinion, thoughts, ideas, or votes on a particular issue to passively take them into consideration. For example, the group did not want to wear work id badges for numerous reasons. After great deliberation, Northwest Principal required that id badges would be worn due to safety reasons.
A study of a democratic schools in Africa concluded that ninety percent of a principal’s job is directly dealing with teaching and learning (Botha, 2010). The principal of Northwest would most likely agree with the previous statement as well. However, working as a collaborative effort with the leadership team, teachers, and other partners in the education community helps alleviate a few of the responsibilities. Collaborative leadership is a lot similar to participate, but the is a longer process of collaboration and the final decision is formed through the process. Principals usually have the final say on school decisions, however, Northwest’s principal make it his priority to include his staff on the decision making. The grouping is either by expertise, interest, or the whole staff setting.
The collaboration leadership style of Northwest also allows smaller groups to be formed within the original group and time to respond at a later date via email. Effective leadership is concerned about his/her staff interactions and knows the importance of communication (Blanchard, Hersey, & Johnson, 2008). The constant communication between leadership and staff allowed the needs of the school to be identified and addressed often. For example teachers and students started a petition to end the uniforms at Northwest. Wearing uniforms at the school was a policy for ninety years and the principal could of shut the idea down without any consideration. However, he started several committees that assessed the pros and cons with uniforms. Moreover, the principal allowed the requirement of students uniform to be done away with.
Directive leadership, the majority of the decisions is made by the leader and allots the choices to the position below his/her (Mucxyk & Reimann, 1987). When a leader is in the directive style they must be experienced and educated in varies of areas because they are not seeking collaboration on decisions, using their own expertise (Mucxyk & Reimann, 1987). The leadership team at Northwest has...