Dr. Kherat was hired to be the Assistant Superintendent in the district I was serving. One of the first leadership decisions she made was selecting the director of educational support programs to work along side her. There was a selection committee who participated in interviewing potential candidates. I was one of those individuals. She selected me for the position. I worked along side her during her time in the district.
Leadership is not merely about making decisions and giving orders; it's also about understanding the people you lead on a personal level. One crucial aspect of effective leadership is getting to know your staff and their families. Building positive relationships with employees and their families can have a profound impact on team dynamics, trust, and overall organizational success.
Leaders who actively engage with their staff and families create a positive and motivating work environment. Engaged employees are more likely to be committed to their work, take initiative, and contribute to the overall success of the organization. This engagement is a result of the trust and positive relationships built by leaders who take the time to know their team.
My husband and I spent some time at her home. He fixed a few things for her, but she brought him gifts after she visited home. She always asked about how he was doing and also about my daughter and granddaughter. She would always praise when work was accomplished and encouraged.
The importance of leaders getting to know their staff and families cannot be overstated. It goes beyond professional interactions and involves a genuine interest in the well-being and success of each team member. Building positive relationships, trust, and providing support contribute not only to the success of individual employees but also to the overall success and cohesion of the entire organization.