This article is second in a series about fit between a new Head of School/Superintendent and the school or district.
Fit is the hidden key to Head of School and Superintendent longevity. Unfortunately, it gets short shrift from both Boards of Trustees and search consultants. In my opinion, there is a hyper-focus on a candidate’s paper qualifications: his degree, her experience, his professional accomplishments, etc. Of course, all of these are important; however, a résumé is only the starting point.
School Boards should attempt to select a Head of School or Superintendent who possesses abilities and characteristics that are congruent with the goals of the institution or district. Kristof defined person-to-organization fit as “the compatibility between people and organizations that occurs when (a) at least one entity provides what the other needs, or (b) they share similar fundamental characteristics, or (c) both.”
Montgomery asserted that the degree of person-to-organization fit is the most important determinant in a new employee’s success or failure. Based on this research, it is reasonable to assume that a good match both increases a school’s stability and decreases the possibility of turnover in the Head of School/Superintendent position.
In short, a Board’s attempts to understand and improve the congruence between the values of a school or district and its incoming leader are well worth the effort.
Academy Educational Consulting helps School Boards understand the concept of fit so that they can recruit and ultimately hire a candidate who is truly compatible with those in the school community. To learn more about how to make your next Head of School/Superintendent search a success, contact Academy today at 501-230-0881.