According to Robert Marzano and his co-authors of the 2005 book “School Leadership That Works,” one of the research-based leadership behaviours of effective Headmasters involves being an “Affirmer.”
According to the research, an affirmer Headmaster “systematically and fairly recognizes the accomplishments of teachers, staff and students.” *
It is wonderful to see that we have been celebrating student successes every Friday morning and the awards vary from recognizing when a student has improved his or her own academic performance to simply recognizing when a kind deed has been done.
On my arrival at King’s College India in January, I have additionally introduced a way to recognize all the great things our teaching staff do by ‘Celebrating a colleague’ – an initiative where anonymous nominations can be made by any teachers, naming a colleague that deserves a special mention. It could be for anything; going beyond the call of duty, a simple act of kindness, always being ready to lend a hand, a positive attitude. We pulled the names out of a box just over a week ago and it brought smiles to all, however more importantly, it is just wonderful in our busy lives, to stop and celebrate the positives and reinforce who we are and what we do well.