We all know team players who like the challenge of a ‘last-minute’ deadline and the perfectionists amongst the team, who will find short term turnarounds a real bone of contention.
Debating the key differences in leadership and management with a Head of Department recently, we entered the realms of how well the team performs together as a unit. The style of working and how individuals respond to varied and at best confusing lead-in times for information to be gathered; books to be marked; students profiles to be discussed and new systems to be in place, we had a real in-depth discussion about preferred lead-in times and how differently as individuals this can be a cause of bad or good stress.
The different lead-in times
We all know team players who like the challenge of a ‘last-minute’ deadline and the perfectionists amongst the team, who will find short term turnarounds a real bone of contention and, on occasion, an opportunity to dig heels in and serve their response as a reminder to the team of other priorities in the professional and personal life.
With the nature of part-time working a much bigger reality in many schools and society’s bigger picture of home life often becoming a tag team scenario, how important is it to have a really clear picture with your department of expectations matched with realistic lead-in times set out clearly from the start? Party etiquette is a 6-week time frame.
How proactive or reactive is your leadership style? What impact is this having on the functionality of your team?