ERIC Number: ED213136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Planning and Time Management: Keys to Effective Educational Leadership.
Sergiovanni, Thomas J.
The Australian Administrator, v1 n5 Oct 1980
Educational administrators' concern with planning and time management results from the fragmentation of their daily activities, which research has documented, and their consequent search for order and control. Time is important because its scarcity affects productivity and its use has social-psychological effects on staffs' perceptions of administrators' priorities. Time management can increase administrative effectiveness through increased control of time and through the wiser use of time that is achieved by setting priorities. Administrators should begin managing their time by keeping a log of their daily activities and then analyzing what priorities can be inferred from the log, how results relate to time spent on activities, what activities were delegated, and to what extent others were involved in particular activities. The log will reveal administrators as doers of tasks rather than managers or leaders. Administrators need to become leaders, which may involve doing less. To do this they should determine priorities, on which in turn they should base written plans that include objectives, strategies, and time guidelines. In setting priorities, administrators should distinguish between the few vital activities and the many trivial ones. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Administrators, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Needs Assessment, Objectives, Planning
Editor, The Australian Administrator, School of Education, Deakin University, Victoria 3217, AUSTRALIA ($.85).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria, (Australia). School of Education.