Teachers must be leaders who command respect and attention while still being approachable.

Top 7 leadership traits to look for in teachers

Administrators aren't the only people leading the school. While principals or superintendents are typically the top of the managerial side of education, teachers must also have the skills to head up their classrooms and educate students. When hiring, you must look for teachers who have leadership traits and abilities like these:

1. Management skills
Teachers have a lot on their plates. They must understand their subjects, create lesson plans and curricula based around state standardized testing and school policies and then use their knowledge to lead classrooms full of students. This requires training in organizational skills and the ability to earn the respect of their classes. All of these tasks involve teachers managing themselves, their workloads and a room full of pupils. Good teachers have management skills that allow them to be ready for class and successfully lead students to learn new topics, abilities and knowledge.

2. Keeping people's interest
Educators no longer spend each day lecturing students. Today's schooling requires a media-integrated, hands-on approach. Teachers must offer lesson plans that cater to many learning styles and use the changing technology to keep their students' interest. Great leaders know how to quiet a room by commanding attention while also promoting mutual respect. Teachers who are excellent at heading up classrooms have the ability to keep their classes' interest through the use of explanatory graphics, activities, tests, projects and homework. 

3. Balancing personal and professional life
To be a good leader, teachers must know how to keep a harmonious relationship between their personal and professional lives. They understand how to decompress after a long week and often partake in hobbies and family time where they find joy and relaxation. Because teaching is not a 9-5 job, educators must work to find the balance between preparing for class, grading papers and providing after-school assistance to students while also maintaining a healthy personal life. Teachers who have found harmony between school and home are better able to handle the daily stresses of being an educator and are more even-keeled and approachable in class. 

teachers, students, education, educatorsPassionate teachers make great leaders in the community and earn the respect of students.

4. Having passion for teaching
Leadership isn't just about being organized and commanding attention. Cultivating a strong passion for education is a crucial part of being a teacher. These professionals should love what they do and be able to instill a drive for learning in their students. It's not likely that a job applicant's passion will show up on his or her resume. Instead, look for excitement and a constant need for growth when you do interviews. Educators who are passionate want to know about trends like technology use and new teaching methods because they constantly improve themselves. They don't simply do their jobs; they strive to become better teachers and have more lasting, meaningful impacts on their students. Passionate teachers are also great at helping schools raise their academic performance and attendance, key factors administrators must take into account when hiring new staff.

5. Being good with kids
Some people who have undergone the proper educational steps and earned certifications will not make it as educators. This is because teaching requires people skills to deal with students who are not always rational.

"Young people require respect, understanding and guidance."

Whether teachers lead kindergarten or high school classes, they must give students respect, understanding and guidance. Educators must be seen as an authoritative but approachable figure. 

6. Spreading compassion
When working with children, compassion is key. Being able to put themselves in another's shoes is incredibly important for teachers, as they will encounter all sorts of situations where their empathy is needed. Educators must also instill compassion in their students. Kids come from many backgrounds and cultures and must work with one another in school to learn teamwork, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Plus, establishing helpful social behaviors early greatly impacts how students will act when they grow up, enter the workforce and have families of their own.

7. Using humor
Think back to the teacher that you most remember from school. Chances are that he or she was funny. Kids are not going to enjoy every subject or topic in school, so students appreciate educators who can find a way to make learning humorous. Plus, these leaders can quiet a classroom quickly with a simple joke or goofy action. Using comedy to teach may even make the material at hand much more memorable to students, improving their retention along with their grades and test scores. 

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