by Dr. Dennis Demuth
Pitfall number three to avoid is failing to emphasize what is right.
It is so easy to focus on “who is right” rather than “what is right.” One cannot get sidetracked by the loudest voices, those with the most money or influence. And one cannot fall into the trap of striving to please those in positions of power and authority at the expense of doing what is right.
When you focus on “What is right” rather than “Who is right,” you may have some pushback. So how do you do what is right? Consider the following three insights.
First, begin by understanding that everyone around you has an opportunity to view a situation differently. Thus, an administrator must be open to all aspects of a situation.
Second, take time to gain input from all your stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, or support staff. Be sincere about your need for input. For example, you might say, “I’m about to make an important decision, and I would like your input before I do.” Valuable input comes when an administrator has taken the time to create an environment in which stakeholders do not feel threatened when feedback is given, and their viewpoints and suggestions are taken seriously. Based on this input, you can change your decisions and, ultimately, the outcome.
Finally, be open to a new perspective. This is crucial in decision-making and critical to personal growth and development. There is usually more than one way to solve an issue. Staying humble and open to input allows an administrator to receive honest feedback, so they can do “what is right.”
Dr. Dennis Demuth has been involved in Christian education since 1972. Dr. Demuth has served in many different positions including teacher, school psychologist, principal, Superintendent of Schools, educational consultant, Minister of Education, Director of Christian Education, and Director of Development and Information Services. He has taught at several institutions of higher education and has served as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK. He retired after 35 years as Superintendent of Schools at Victory Christian School, Tulsa, OK and 49 years in education and serves as a consultant to Christian school ministries. Find more of Dr. Demuth’s writing at www.Delpublications.com.