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Leadership. BTE363/364. When I Become a Teacher. What is the Definition of Leadership?. Leadership Quotes. Dictator. Maintains distant and stringent relationship with students No room for group discussions Creative thinking is not encouraged Skill and drill

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  • Maintains distant and stringent relationship with students
  • No room for group discussions
  • Creative thinking is not encouraged
  • Skill and drill
  • Students more likely to rebel, complain, and misbehave
free spirit
Free Spirit
  • Teacher wants to be buddies with students
  • Students are given free rein and often control direction of lesson
  • Teacher may be unorganized and unprepared
  • When students are off task, teacher gets angry
  • Teacher sets limits and clearly communicates expectations
  • Personal choice and group discussions are daily occurrences
  • Teacher expects rules to be followed; consequences are consistent when behavior is inappropriate
  • Student-centered but guidelines are given
more thoughts on leadership
More Thoughts on Leadership
  • Any member of a group may become a leader
    • The teacher is not necessarily the leader
  • Various leadership actions may be provided by different group members
    • Teacher may decide to share various aspects of leadership with class members
groups that function effectively
Groups that Function Effectively
  • Leadership tasks are shared among group members
  • If you want students to play some of the leadership roles
    • You must give them permission to do so.
    • You must give students guidance.
what happens when teachers neglect leadership
What Happens When Teachers Neglect Leadership
  • Student may elect to play informal (and frequently inappropriate) leadership roles in the classroom
leadership skills
Leadership Skills
  • Flexible behavior
  • Ability to diagnose what behaviors are needed for the group to function most efficiently
  • Ability to fulfill these behaviors or get other members to fulfill them
  • Be clear & unambiguous
  • Make messages complete & specific
  • Make verbal & nonverbal messages agree
  • Ask for feedback
  • Display openness; maintain eye contact
  • Listen
  • Paraphrase accurately and nonevaluatively
  • Listen beyond words
  • Listen for requests & intentions in others’ message, particularly in complaints
build maintain trust
Build & Maintain Trust
  • Acceptance & support are essential
    • Acceptance is communicating to others that you have high regard for them
    • Support is communicating to others that you recognize their strengths


“I do not need to establish a deep, lasting, time-consuming personal relationship with every student. What I must do is to be totally and nonselectively present to the student—to each student—as he addresses me. The time interval may be brief but the encounter is total.

~ NelNoddings, Caring: A Feminist Approach to Ethics and Moral Education

manage conflict
Manage Conflict
  • Understand point-of-view of other group members
  • Approach controversy from problem-solving perspective; try to accommodate needs of all group members
  • Be critical of ideas, not persons