QRTA - Our experts - Amjad Abu Helal- Being an effective leader is a skill that requires a lot. Commonly, leaders create an inspiring vision for the future, then motivate, and inspire people to engage with that vision. This requires coaching and building a team to effectively achieve the vision.
When discussing leading at times of crisis, we need to define crisis which can be referred to as a situation that disrupts the education and training process and makes it inoperable ( Mutch, 2015). At times of uncertainty and crisis, leaders face huge challenges, hence there is no one solution to do it all, no clear path to follow, which makes it quite daunting. When faced with uncertainty, school leaders need to deal with the immediate challenges, while remaining focused on the future, to maintain the best possible teaching and learning environment, and achieve outcomes for students and the school community in general.
Here comes the adaptive leadership role which requires collaborative problem solving, continual learning, grasping and acquiring of multiple perspectives, and shared leadership responsibilities (Drago-Severson & Blum-DeStefano 2018). Consequently, effective leaders, like effective teachers, adjust and draw on a range of skills and approaches depending on the context. A typical school day requires leaders to move from authoritative role to teammate, to coach, and navigate through a range of roles as each demand arises. An ability to shift and adjust leadership approaches based on what is needed is pivotal to embody effective leadership.
As stated earlier, leaders affect the school community (teachers, staff, and students). They also have an impact on the whole community. Thuswise, adaptive leadership practices are required to maintain this balance.
Overall, leadership is a complex skill that only those who possess the above-mentioned qualities can master.