Meta-leaders craft the unifying mission for an array of different constituencies. They build a compelling narrative and create conditions that animate shared values, motivating goals, and each participant’s view of himself or herself as a necessary and meaningful contributor. Meta-leaders know that optimal progress does not happen on its own. Someone must see the opportunity and engage others to see it as well.You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most by Leonard J. Marcus, Eric J. McNulty, et al.
In education, there is often a disconnect between teachers and administration. This disconnect is not intentional by any means, but it happens. It is vital that teachers feel they are necessary and meaningful contributors to their school’s success. Too often, teachers feel as though they are hourly workers at the fast-food restaurant up the street. “If you don’t include every aspect of this model in every class, learning cannot take place.” And with this one declaration, a 37-minute YouTube video was meant to replace an entire faculty’s collective education and teaching experience. Of course, no one really intended for the video to overshadow the training and expertise of a highly-skilled faculty, but that was the message the teachers perceived.
A school’s success lies within the commonalities among the administration, the faculty and staff, and the students. Administrators must make every effort to communicate to teachers that they are necessary and meaningful contributors to the school’s—and their students’—success, and not merely employees carrying out instructions from their supervisors.