ERIC Number: ED422604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Mistakes Educational Leaders Make. ERIC Digest, Number 122.
Bulach, Clete; Pickett, Winston; Boothe, Diana
Most administrator training programs focus on what educational leaders should do rather than what they should not do. This digest offers an overview of mistakes administrators should try to avoid. The emphasis on the negative stems from the belief that undesirable behaviors are far fewer than desirable ones. The digest reviews the types of mistakes leaders tend to make, identifying 15 categories of errors, with most of them arising from poor human-relations skills. Many leaders fail to provide their staffs with adequate encouragement, or they make decisions based on a poor understanding of their schools' issues and problems. The second most frequently occurring mistake falls under the category "poor interpersonal communication skills," especially the failure to listen. These interpersonal problems are worsened by the failure to give and receive feedback. Since interpersonal skills and human-relations skills are closely associated, it is argued that by building future leaders' human-relations skills, these leaders' interpersonal competence will also improve. The digest concludes with a list of six suggestions designed to help administrators avoid career-ending mistakes. (RJM)
Descriptors: Administrator Behavior, Administrator Guides, Beginning Principals, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Leadership Training, Principals
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.