Effective administrators are critical to the success of their teams. The ideal administrator should connect her team to the surrounding community, whether that is a campus, city, or region. They must efficiently balance fundamental tasks associated with management while meeting the needs and demands of their employees and teammates. In achieving this balance, they must conduct themselves in a clear, organized, and transparent manner, which connects the staff to the organization’s ultimate mission.
An administrator’s first task is to set goals on behalf of the staff. These goals should be defined for both short and long term missions and clearly explained to the team. Creation of these goals should then lead to the administrator and team collaborating to set smaller, more incremental goals that will ultimately lead to the group’s long term success.
A strong leader should work to increase the camaraderie among her team, creating an equal, fair, and productive work environment. The administrator should act both with and for the team. A leader who is willing to roll up her sleeves and work alongside her staff shows respect for her team and dedication to accomplishing the task at hand. Administrators need to acknowledge their team’s strengths and dedicate themselves to making that team even stronger, acting as a mentor and guide when needed. At times, the team will need a trusted advocate to pursue the team’s interests, and the administrator should not hesitate to fill this role. Simultaneously, the time will come when the administrator must represent high level or outside administration to the staff and team. This mediation can be challenging at times, and yet, the effective leader will have established trust between herself and her staff, showing that she works with great integrity in their best interests and to the best of her ability.
In my leadership roles, I exemplify these qualities and goals. I acknowledge my staff’s strengths and work to make the team as a whole stronger by offering and supporting both in-house and external professional development opportunities. I maintain an open door policy of transparency as much as possible via one-on-one meetings, email exchange, and regular staff meetings; and yet, I acknowledge that, at times, confidentiality is needed to address some issues. I want my staff members to enjoy an environment of collegiality and to see themselves as a united group ready to work together to accomplish a shared goal. Ultimately, I encourage a friendly environment with a professional atmosphere, where I dedicate myself to meeting the needs of my staff and achieving our established goals, together.