I never set out to become a manager. I have stumbled (been dragged) into management later in life. But there is one crucial element: I don’t get paid. If someone fired me, I’d be a bit miffed, but it would free up an awful lot of time. I don’t do it for the money (clue: there isn’t any); it’s not my paid job. I do it for … well, I do it because I enjoy it. I can’t quite bring myself to give it up. So, some thoughts about leadership from an accidental manager:
* Let great people fly. Boost them up, but don’t clip their wings. Chase behind, making good things happen for them. Find the right people to join your team and support them.
* If you have a tricky character in your staff team, think about what motivates this person, and nurture it where you can. Mostly you don’t get anywhere by butting up against others.
* You’re not really there to be liked. Sure, you don’t want to be disliked. But what’s your ultimate goal? At preschool it is children getting a great experience. That’s the focus.
* Get support for yourself. Find people who can help you with those aspects of the role where you struggle. Ask them to teach you to do these things better.
* Ofsted: Just bleeurggh. I don’t care. Really, I don’t. We do what we have to do, but in the end all that matters is the children’s daily experience.
They can’t sack me, because they don’t employ me. It’s a nice way to work.