Collaborative Leadership Practices: A Case Study

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A recent trend in the educational field of endeavor has been towards collaborative teams to address problems, whether the problems were being experienced in the classroom, or concerning administration. One study determined that "collaborative leadership practices that involve employees in workplace decision-making have been shown to increase commitment" (Steinheider, Wuestewald, 2008, p. 145). If what that study determined is true, then Valerie has the opportunity to display some distinctive leadership skills and build an educational team that supports her goals and objectives through the use of collaboration. One of the first things that Valerie should do, therefore, is to gather the teachers and administrators together for a team meeting. At the meeting she should allow for open opportunities to vent, as well as to make suggestions on how to approach things in a more agreeable manner. Employees, one recent study found "really worked well as a team, particularly when (the team leader) had us continually focus on our major priorities and strategies" (Kerber, Buono, 2004). The next step for Valerie (and it could take place during the initial meeting) is to find out what perceptions and thoughts are that relate to priorities and strategies. A second meeting the following week could provide for a more formal 'strategy session'. A consensus on strategies and priorities can be established by committee, with input from all the employees. Once the consensus is reached, Valerie
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