The article in Fast Company magazine that I read this week kept me awake at night.
In my mind I re-read the title as “Were You A Horrible Boss?”
I have always prided myself on being people focussed, particularly my staff. However the article had me reflecting and feeling guilty that at times I may not have been as thoughtful, caring, clear and consistent as I would have liked to have been.
At times, particularly in those peak times when there are competing demands and priorities, I am sure that I did or said things that upset or frustrated those who I lead. Whilst nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes, one of our vital roles as leader is to be consistent and stable in the eyes of those whom we are leading.
Similarly I am sure that their were times as a teacher where I was inconsistent in the eyes of my students. One of our challenges as teachers is to be a reliable, consistent role model for our students.
I’d recommend reading the article (link here) as even though the example is from the financial services industry the message is just as important for leaders in schools.