Identifying what needs managing

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There are certain things that need to happen every day in your room. They can either run like clockwork when everybody knows what they are and how to do them, or it can be chaos where things get missed, children are hurt in avoidable accidents, parents complain about lost clothes, dirty children, you are stressed and educators don’t like being there.

What is the difference between leadership and management?

Managers Leaders
Managers make sure things run smoothly.
They:
  • plan
  • organise
  • co-ordinate
  • control
Leaders motivate and encourage staff.
Good leaders:
  • inspire and encourage
  • trust their staff
  • are compassionate
  • are consistent and reliable
  • are a source of hope
  • recognise and work with each person’s strengths and abilities
Sometimes a leader may also complete managerial tasks.

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