As a Nursery Owner or Nursery Manager you can’t:
- be there all of the time,
- see and do everything
- know everything.
You’re not a Superhero, although we all like to think we are at times.
This is were Leadership is needed, yes we all manage things daily but are you an effective LEADER?
- How do you influence your staff?
- Are you the best role model you can be?
- Do you know how to set standards?
- How do you make your staff take responsibility for themselves?
- Do you have written management structure?
- Do your staff lack motivation?
- Do you find it hard to say ‘NO’ and end up with a to do list that is not achievable?
Understanding the answers to these questions is the key to being a good leader. Recognising where you need training and support is essential leadership skill that is often overlooked.
What do you do now?
Remember the basics… with these Top Five Golden Leadership Rules
1 -SET STANDARDS – Are the rules clear? Are there too many rules? Are they too strict or too loose? Is there a pattern of staff not adhering to them? What is the rationale for the rules you have set?
By having a clear set of rules, everyone then understands what’s expected of them. If standards are not set with a clear set of rules how do your staff go above and beyond. How do you recognise poor performance if you haven’t got something to measure against? Start by creating a list of the most important things your staff must do and maintain daily.
2 – CREATE AN INSPIRING VISION – Having a clear vision of the future gives you and your team clear direction. You need to ensure that your team are living and breathing your ethics when you are not there. Your team should be part of the vision so they can travel the journey with you. You create next steps for your children and have clear learning goals for them but often don’t consider this for your business.
3 – MAKE DECISIONS – Many people find it difficult to make decisions. To make an effective decision follow these steps;
- What you know about the situation? Gather your facts.
- What else do you need to know? do you need to find out more?
- Who or what can help you with this?
- Identify your options, recognise there is often more than one.
- Considering the consequences of each.
- Choose a decision and know your reasoning behind it.
- Assertively communicate the decision.
4 – KNOW YOUR ROLE – What tasks can only you do? You may like a task but is their someone better to do it. Learn the art of delegation, know when to say NO to your staff and yourself. This then creates a leader who uses their time effectively.
5 – ALWAYS KEEP LEARNING – Great leaders are constantly trying to improve. They are humble and self aware, they understand how they motivate and how they don’t. They have strong ethics and can admit to mistakes, using this to develop and improve. Being open minded about new ideas and possibilities. Constantly giving and seeking feedback, recognition of staff achievements. A positive environment improves staff retention.
Ongoing leadership is the key to running an effective and sustainable business.
If you want to learn more or understand how this relates to OFSTED call 07708920473.