As a headteacher or senior leader, you are essentially responsible for a large number of staff members and this can sometimes be difficult when it comes to the aspect of motivation. Through leadership coaching, or just knowing the right approaches, you can begin to find the right way to improve motivation for educational leaders. Your educational leaders span right from your fellow senior leadership team to your NQT’s, all leading by example to provide the best education for their students.
But how can we keep these individuals motivated? What can we do to increase morale, make them feel good about their work and have them wanting to strive to improve? Here are a few ways I’d suggest…
Making yourself available and having space in your diary for when your school team needs you should be number one on your list. By having a constant stream of meetings, appointments, conferences and the likes, you don’t leave any space for the more spontaneous times that your school team may need you. Have regular drop-ins available for those who may want to seek help, give them the opportunity to come to you in a comfortable and safe environment to discuss the assistance they need.
Recognise & Praise
If you have seen or been told of a member of your team’s great work, make sure that it is recognised and praised in the correct way. A really good, positive way of motivating your educational leaders is to praise them publicly, particularly in front of their peers. This is a tactic that not only will make them feel really positive about the impact that they are making but hopefully motivate their colleagues to strive to do the same. This doesn’t just have to come from you, as a headteacher or senior leader, you should also encourage your team to praise each other, whether some kind of protocol is put in place for this or just encouraging it to be verbal.
Casual Catch Ups
Although regular appraisals are encouraged in most workplace situations, just as I’d recommend being available don’t be afraid to schedule in casual catch-ups/meetings with particular team members. Perhaps you’ve heard that a particular member of staff is feeling under pressure because of a particular reason, invite them in for a coffee to discuss how you could help them relieve that stress and work through it as a team. Having a schedule of when you need to catch up with particular members of staff is important, never leave them too long without some form of communication as this can lead to them feeling the complete opposite of motivated. Also, remember that not everyone has the confidence to come to their leader when facing issues, this could be the perfect opportunity to ask if they need help directly.
It is not always those at the top leadership level of the school team that needs continuous growth, have you ever thought about whole school development? By investing in your school team, it shows that you care about their career and progression in their role and school development coaching can bring on a range of benefits for the entire school community. It can allow for staff development, the implementation of whole-school progress models as well as planning and evaluation.
How will you work to motivate your school team of education leaders? By combining these methods, you could be set for greatness. Are you unsure of where to begin or need help by being pointed in the right direction? The first step is to talk. Book your free 20-minute call appointment with me today and let’s see if we can get your team motivated once again.