Under Pressure

19 Oct

There can be no doubt that this is a high pressure time of year for students and staff alike. As a leader in school it is up to keep things calm. One of my favourite sayings is “Let’s just get them home safely”

I have reflected often in this blog about the way I keep things calm. Today I do so again as we are in the midst of it all. Following are 5 things smart leaders do that transform pressure from a liability to an asset:

  • Who am I : Leaders must know themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, and where they will and won’t compromise. Good back to your philosophy or educational vision. You wrote it when things were clear and let it guide you.
  • Team: A leader’s job is to acquire and develop talent. Use the team that is around you. I think of Sir Alex Ferguson and those great leaders he developed at Manchester United. The better the talent, and the better you utilize talent, the less pressure you’ll feel
  • Keep It Simple: Complexity creates pressure. The best leaders look to simplify everything they can.
  • Focus: Focused leaders rarely feel external pressure. When I concentrate on the strategic plan and annual goals based on data it all becomes clear.
  • Did I train today: If the answer is no then that is probably why I am so tight. Leaders who don’t create time for quality thought and planning end-up taking unnecessary short cuts and risks. They let pressure force them into making bad decisions that a little whitespace could have prevented.
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