Human Relations

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Human Relations, communication, and interaction with others are key components to effective educational leadership. These are the foundation as to what leadership lies upon. This continues to be important in education, as accountability in schools and its workers are constantly being increased. In order to work well within the organizational environment of a school, superintendents, coaches, teachers, parents, community members and students must be able to communicate in a variety of effective modalities (Razik & Swanson, 2010). These modalities gives school leaders the tools that they need to make effective decisions that can improve a school and all it’s components. Without an understanding of human relations and how it pertains to…show more content…
“They should stay up-to-date with communication technologies, so they are prepared to lead their schools and districts in new ways of communicating”(Young, et al., 2008, pg. 93). It is crucial that school leaders, lead by example in the ways that they expect their co-workers to communicate. Effective communication is key to a successful school and positive school climate. The increased use of technology has had affect on how communication is made in schools. This is at all levels, administration to staff, staff to student, student to staff, and parent to staff, and vice-versa. A majority of communication is now indirect (via email or text message) versus direct (actual face-to-face interaction). This occurs because of the ease of using technology and the fact that we are a busy society. Schools are busy, staff is overworked and underpaid with increased accountability. There is so much to do in so little time. It is much easier to press a few buttons and communicate your message versus going to that person and having an actual conversation. “Reitz (1987) reported that face-to-face communication tends to be more effective than written communication (if the verbal and nonverbal cues are compatible) but admitted that written communication tends to yield greater comprehension” (Razik & Swanson, 2010, pg. 165). With this being said, it
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