I think and read and write a lot about leadership. Earlier this week I listened about it. I heard a story a couple days ago (and the names and schools shall remain unwritten or changed to protect the innocent!) that illustrates a specific aspect of leadership – hiring – that is often overlooked but can have both specific, personal effects, as well as longer-term institutional effects that can look bad for a school.
The story begins with a young, enthusiastic, and mission-driven teacher. Let’s call her Heather. Heather is preparing to move to the Bay Area in the coming months with her fiance (they’ll be married by the time they move) and a couple weeks ago sent out resumes to multiple Catholic elementary schools in the South Bay and Peninsula here in Northern California. Considering her great resume, education, and references (her current principal loves her!) I wasn’t surprised to hear she had multiple job offers and requests for interviews within days. In the end she received three solid offers of employment and discerned (with her fiance) which would be the best option for her and her young family. There were good aspects to each school and all three clearly wanted her to chose them. Not a bad place to be as a teacher. Continue reading