Psychologists have known for a century that people do their best when they experience both high motivation and manageable stress; when people are undermotivated or overstressed, their performance suffers.
during inspired moments of learning, students experience a potent mix of attention, interest, and good feelings
Teachers did their best job and felt most satisfied when they perceived that the school head
Led flexibly rather than sticking to needless rules.
Let them teach in their own way, holding them accountable for the results.
Set challenging but realistic goals for excellence.
Valued their efforts, recognizing a job well done.
headteachers, data analysis found, could best create such a climate when they were firm but fair and had a “people first, task second” attitude, addressing teachers' personal needs as well as their collective goals.
Six Common Leadership Styles
Visionary. Inspires by articulating a heartfelt, shared goal; routinely gives performance feedback and suggestions for improvement in terms of that goal.
Coaching. Takes people aside for a talk to learn their personal aspirations; routinely gives feedback in those terms and stretches assignments to move toward those goals.
Democratic. Knows when to listen and ask for input; gets buy-in and draws on what others know to make better decisions.
Affiliative. Realizes that having fun together is not a waste of time, but builds emotional capital and harmony.
Pacesetting. Leads by hard-driving example and expects others to meet the same pace and high performance standards; tends to give Fs, not As.
Commanding. Gives orders and demands immediate compliance; tends to be coercive.
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