For any initiative to be successful, it needs the support and guidance of a strong leadership team. As an administrator, you’ve likely encountered challenges that have either succeeded or failed in part due to the amount of support required by all stakeholders involved. So how can you create and support a climate that embraces change and all the challenges that come with it?
Educational innovation and transformation require agents of change: people who understand the vision and goals of the desired outcome and are motivated to participate in the effort and be on the leadership team. For schools that are implementing widespread change, the leadership team is most effective when the members are representative of all the stakeholder groups, such as teachers, students, and parents.
Creating Your Core Team
Transformational change initiatives often involve interconnected issues and a wide range of stakeholders, collaborative leadership, and a strong, cross-functional steering committee. Collaborative leadership, with detailed planning conducted by a cross-functional team, can improve decision-making, produce a more practical and workable plan, and avoid surprises as the initiative proceeds.
Finding key individuals to be the champions of your initiative is crucial. As you consider your opportunities for change, you will identify those stakeholders who have the skills needed to be leaders of your change. Building a strong team requires selecting people who are representative of all stakeholders, experts in the area of change, and strong decision makers.
The following example of a Stakeholder Roles and Responsibility Chart is one way to begin thinking about your core team. Add project-specific roles for the change you are implementing to further identify how each member of the leadership team contributes to the climate of change.
|Stakeholders||Potential Team Members|
|What needs to be accomplished to make your change implementation plan a success?||Ex. Students, Parents, Community Members, Teachers, Principals, Administrators, Government Officials||Identified stakeholders in your community|
|Developing the shared vision|
|Fostering the dialogue with stakeholders|
|Developing a culture of professional learning|
|Building leadership capacity in others|
|Promoting knowledge management strategies|
Communicating and Collaborating
Successful change initiatives involve clear and open communication and collaboration among the leadership team. Establishing how your leadership team will communicate and work together is important. When will you meet face-to-face? How will team members communicate with their stakeholder groups? What online communication and collaboration tools will you use?
Some examples of digital tools that can support your transformation efforts include:
- Collaborative Documents
All members of the team can collaborate with real-time access, tracked changes, and commenting features.
- Online Polling
Easily collect and analyze input from all stakeholder members, allowing for data-driven decisions and change management.
Share progress outside of the stakeholder group.
Join the Conversation
Which stakeholders do you most often rely on when it comes to creating a climate of change? Reply to the conversation below.