This article is first in a series about fit between a new Head of School/Superintendent and the school or district.
When searching for a new Head of School or Superintendent, School Boards tend to focus on the obvious: the candidate’s educational background, his or her experience, and specific strengths that would benefit a school in the coming years.
What often goes overlooked is the degree to which a candidate “fits” into the organization or, more broadly, into the community. The benefits of a good fit include “greater organizational commitment” (Meglino, Ravlin, and Adkins) and “lower turnover” (O’Reilly, Chatman, and Caldwell) to name just a few.
Other than reading through a school’s website, how much effort do candidates put into researching whether he or she will be a good fit for any given school? More importantly, how much effort do Board Members put into ensuring that a candidate’s philosophies and values are parallel to their own? Based on the Head of School/Superintendent turnover rate, I’m afraid that the answer to both of these questions is “Not nearly enough.”
Academy Educational Consulting helps School Boards understand the concept of fit so that they can recruit and ultimately hire leaders who are not only competent, but also compatible with those in their school communities. To learn more about how to make your next Head of School/Superintendent search a success, contact Academy Educational Consulting today at 501-230-0881.