School Leadership Reimagined - Navigating the hidden power dynamics of being an administrator

EPISODE 187

Navigating the hidden power dynamics of being an administrator

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • There is a real power dynamic that exists once you become an administrator. There’s not use hiding from it. But, if you understand it, you can find ways to keep it from ruining your relationships with your staff.
  • When you are in a position of power, it’s important to be transparent about your decision making process. That way, everyone can at least understand your decisions even if they don’t agree with them.
  • If you are not careful, you can abuse the power of your position without realizing it. Be careful about how you deal with those you serve so that the power dynamics don’t inadvertently destroy trust.
  • The more you are aware of the power dynamics inherent in your position, the more you are able to successfully navigate them without unintentionally doing harm to those you serve. 

One of the things we rarely discuss is the inherent power dynamics that come with being an administrator. We don’t like to admit that with the position of being an administrator comes a certain degree of power. But ignoring the power dynamics won’t make them go away.

That’s why on today’s episode, we’re going to take a frank look at how the power dynamics work, how they affect your relationships with staff, and ways that you can use your power for the good #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:
  • Why we often don’t like to discuss the power dynamics inherent in our position.
  • How to keep other people’s expectations of your role from boxing you in.
  • Ways you can create trust with your staff in spite of the power dynamics.
  • How to take the drama out of decision making (even when they may not agree with your decisions)
  • How to maintain your true power and not allow your haters to blunt your impact. 
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