Managing for Success!
Managing for Success!

Standard 5: Managerial Leadership

Summary: School executives will ensure that the school has processes and systems in place for budgeting, staffing, problem solving, communicating expectations and scheduling that result in organizing the work routines in the building. The school executive must be responsible for the monitoring of the school budget and the inclusion of all teachers in the budget decisions so as to meet the 21st century needs of every classroom. Effectively and efficiently managing the complexity of every day life is critical for staff to be able to focus its energy on improvement.

Examples of Standard 5 from The Chronicles of Narnia:

Once again I was momentarily stumped on finding connections within my stories to a standard. But, it was there. Both of these chronicles deal with a culture being taken over by others that have no regard for the people whose culture they have invaded. In this situation, the Narnians did not have a leader that practiced "Managerial Leadership" for them. Miraz did not even practice good "Managerial Leadership" for his own people. He supported and promoted those that "toed the line" for him, and even then, they only followed him out of fear. Miraz did not manage in a way that was inclusive for his people and certainly not for the Narnians. He did recruit and retain people that he could control, and he did identify and resolve problems that could adversely affect him and his power-base. His system of communicating information was pretty much on a "need to know basis." He did not work collaboratively because he was a dictator. His was a style of leadership management that was not positive or healthy for his people, and he had no interest in retaining or respecting the Narnian Culture or its diversity.

The Pevensies and Prince Caspian practiced "Managerial Leadership" as leaders of the Narnian people trying to regain their culture/world. As leaders they had to recruit, train and retain people to fight in the war to regain Narnia. They had to manage the "budget" to find/make weapons, to find food to feed their followers and shelter. They had to recognize and resolve any problems that arose amongst their people to keep the peace and to keep them focused on their shared goal of regaining Narnia. In order to lead, but keep the confidence and respect of their followers, they made decisions in a democratic manner, keeping all informed of both the rewards and consequences of a decision. Everyone was involved in the decision because all would be needed to follow through with it. They worked with a very diverse group (talking animals, Centaurs, Minotaurs, talking trees, etc.). They had to work to ensure that the information and decision-making process worked for all. While they worked democratically as leaders, they also set out clear "expectations, structures, rules and procedures" for their followers so as to keep order. Even when working democraticaly, there sometimes has to be a final decision if the group/team is on the fence, this falls to the leader. The Pevensies and Prince Caspian also learned that as managers, they could not do it all. They had to place the right people in the right positions to help them "manage" all of the needs of such a large and diverse group. This is part of recruiting and retaining "a high-quality workforce" to help manage the needs of the group/organization.

Standard 6