NEW! Leadership Survival Skills for Teachers
Just as in the wilderness, where skills such as building a fire are needed to survive, the school environment can be a harsh one; teachers need essential skills to survive the school year!
This practical, yet powerful training series is packed with adventurous experiential learning activities that bring training to life. It empowers teachers with the tools they need to enrich their work experience, to exert influence among other teachers and with administrators, to strengthen teams, and to free up time needed to focus on accomplishing the world’s noblest mission, teaching.
Leadership Survival Skills for Teachers Topics
- Introduction to Leadership Development
- Maintaining & Building Trust Among and Between Teachers & Administrators
- Keeping Motivated & Motivating Others
- Team Building for Teachers
- Delegating Skills for Teachers
- Effective Communication for Teachers
- Managing Conflict Among & Between Teachers & Administrators
- Goal Setting for Building Influence Among Teachers & Administrators
Potential Benefits of Leadership Development for Teachers
- Increased confidence
- Improved results
- Better relationships at work
- Increased contributions to team goals
- Increased satisfaction from the work itself
- Recognition that can accompany better performance
- Possible new opportunities for advancement
- More control over outcomes
- Expanded influence in the lives of others
Teachers are Leaders, Too
Teachers are leaders. They lead one another and the leaders of tomorrow. As with any leader, there is a connection between their actions and their organization’s results. In Teachers are Leaders, Too, teachers discover how essential leadership skills can enrich their work experience, help them to increase their influence among other teachers and administrators, to strengthen teams, and to free up time needed to focus on the world’s noblest mission, teaching. Participating teachers identify their personal leadership strengths and development needs, examine barriers to their development, and find solutions for overcoming perceived challenges.
Maintaining & Building Trust Among and Between Teachers & Administrators
Trust is the very foundation of leadership. Without it, a teacher will never have strong influence among other teachers or with administrators. Participants discover strategies for maintaining and building trust that will help them to increase their level of influence, persuasiveness, and credibility at work; but first they must survive the “Himalayan Trail.”
Keeping Motivated & Motivating Others
Like water in the wilderness, the ability to motivate others is a leadership essential in the workplace. Yet, in order to motivate others, teachers must first be motivated. Teachers consider their own motivation level and consider how others may perceive their motivation level based on their actions. Teachers discover ways to maintain or increase their own motivation level, should they need it. Teachers explore tried and true strategies for motivating others, and bust a few myths about motivation along the way.
Leading Teams of Teachers
Some challenges are only solved through interdependence, not rugged independence; it takes a team! Teachers explore the four phases of team development and discover actions that they can take to move teams beyond each phase more efficiently, even when they are not in charge. Team games spark discussion about the dynamics and behaviors of highly effective teams. Each teacher is given a “Team Compass” to help their teams to find direction, reach goals or to get back on the trail.
Delegating Skills for Teachers
Multi-tasking is a teacher’s strength. After all, in today’s school environment, the teacher does it all! This is why teachers who lead teams (in departments or on projects), absolutely must delegate. However, when it comes to delegating, there is more than meets the eye. Delegation is often thought to be the most challenging of leadership survival skills, even for highly informed and experienced leaders. Teachers explore the benefits of delegation and the reasons why they fail to delegate. They learn the five steps of effective delegation that can help reduce the risk and potential conflict involved in delegating.
Effective Communication for Teachers
How a teacher communicates is just as important as what he or she communicates. A balanced communication style is a key to success. If a teacher is overly assertive or passive, he or she risks losing influence among other teachers and with administrators. Through self-reflection and exploration, teachers discover how a balanced communication style can maximize their level of influence and persuasiveness among other teachers and with administrators.
Conflict Management for Teachers
Conflict is like fire. It is necessary but dangerous. It can be extinguished or spread. Conflict is also a reality in our lives and in every school. Teachers must learn to anticipate and manage fire, rather than escalate or ignore it. Through role-playing, teachers learn the win-win approach to conflict, which has the power to enhance work satisfaction, increase confidence, reduce stress, and improve results.
Goal Setting for Teachers
Goal setting is critically important to leadership development. Teachers reflect on leadership skills they have learned and determine which skills are critical to surviving and thriving the school year. Which skill would help them gain the most influence among other teachers and with administrators? Teachers explore the benefits of goal setting and the potential barriers to their growth. Each teacher develops and shares his or her plan of action.