Mary-Jo Hill

04 Jul 2017
How proactive or reactive is your leadership style? What impact is this having on the functionality of your team?
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 on 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?