DoS Management Tip No 1 – It’s OK to be the boss!

February 24, 2010

In this series I want to share some of the best tips I’ve been given regarding management.

The jump from teaching to management can be a daunting one (see Andy Hockley’s excellent blog –http://adhockley.wordpress.com/). Overnight you move from being one of us to one of them. One minute you’re in the pub asking your colleagues to sing harmonies to your Elvis impression – the next you’re filling their Friday evenings with FCE preparation courses. It can be stressful.

We try hard to prove that we haven’t sold out – we seek people’s opinions before making decisions – we want everyone to be on-board with our new initiatives. We want to be invited to the pub on a Friday (although the Elvis impressions might have to go). ‘I’m still the same as before,’ is the message you’re trying to get across – I am still the same as before…

The truth is you’re not the same as before – but that’s alright. I received a great piece of advice when I first became DoS

  • It’s OK to be the boss

It doesn’t make you a bad person.

You can’t make everyone happy all the time, but that’s OK too – you’re being paid to be the boss and that means sometimes you just have to be the boss. It may not be to everyone’s liking all the time, but worrying about that is only going to make things worse.

If you are feeling worried about this, seek inspiration from Sir Michael Caine. In the film the Italian Job, Sir Michael gathers his team round and informs them –

“It’s a very difficult job and the only way through it is if we all work together as a team…And that means you do everything I say.”

Sir Michael Caine doesn’t worry about being the boss – so neither should we.

2 Responses to “DoS Management Tip No 1 – It’s OK to be the boss!”

  1. Andy Hockley Says:

    Thanks for the recommendation Mike. Much appreciated.

    Here’s an article I wrote some years ago (6! Blimey), which touches upon this a little (see the Awareness: Knowing Oneself section towards the end)

    Click to access From_Language_Teacher_to_Language_Teaching_Manager.pdf


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