8 ways to know that you are challenged by management responsibilities

Dennis Sparks

Both leadership and management skills are essential in schools that seek to continuously improve teaching, learning, and relationships in the school community.

Too often significant goals are unachieved because principals and teacher leaders struggle with the day-to-day management of their personal and professional lives.

Here are eight signs that you or others are challenged by those responsibilities:

1. You over promise and under deliver because you find it very difficult to say no and/or to prioritize your work. As a results, activities related to important goals are not being accomplished and your integrity is compromised.

2. Your days are filled with unproductive and unfulfilling meetings.

3. You spend almost all of your time reacting to events rather than shaping them.

4. You are aware that many of your actions are not aligned with your values.

5. You hear from those closest to you that they are concerned about your health and emotional well-being.

6. You are not exercising and eating in ways that you know are best for you.

7. You find it difficult to focus on anything for very long.

8. You know that a lack of sleep interferes with the quality of your work and life.

What would you add to this list?

2 Responses to “8 ways to know that you are challenged by management responsibilities”


  1. 1 Jamie September 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Might I add to your excellent list, that you take everything that happens and is said personally.


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