16/09/2021

Top Educational Leadership Qualities and Personality Traits

Leadership roles within education allow teaching professionals to expand their horizons, grow their earning potential, and make a difference at a bigger scale. But not everyone is cut out to be a leader. Common leadership personality traits tell us that it takes a certain type of person to bear the torch and drive forward change.

At the University of Bolton, our master’s in Educational Leadership course will help you hone the skills required to take your career to the next step into an educational leadership and management role. But do you have what it takes to become a true industry leader?

Here are the most important educational leadership skills and qualities to have if you want to make an impact.

Great vision

Education professionals who want a master’s degree in Educational Leadership are usually keen to make a change in the way things work. They are driven by improving education for students, want to inspire others to do the same and have exceptional leadership skills.

This means you’ll need to have a long-term vision. You must be able to look at the bigger picture instead of just short-term successes. With this also comes perseverance, and the best educators stay in the same role for a few years and don’t give up easily.

Care for the community

As well as having a vision and a plan, you’ll need to have an intrinsic desire for building a community. Effective school leaders care about family and community partnerships and use a collaborative approach to achieve the desired results.

Relationships are key and it’s vital to have trust, transparency, and shared purpose within your network. This means you’ll need to work harmoniously with students, parents, staff members and other stakeholders.

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Good decision-making skills

The master’s in Educational Leadership course at Bolton University focuses on research and critical enquiry. This helps students make evidence-based judgements to improve decision-making. As important as data-driven decisions are, leaders also need to take risks sometimes.

This means balancing historic learnings with new ideas and initiatives. The best leaders create a culture that supports risk-taking in others too, so encouraging change and modernisation is just as vital. 

Empowering and supportive

One of the most important educational leadership qualities is being supportive of others. Staff members should be in a nurturing environment where they can grow and enjoy personal development under your management.

It’s also key to be inclusive of others, ensuring everyone has equal opportunity to develop their careers, get rewards and recognition for hard work, and have a chance to make a difference.

If you have these important personality traits of a leader, a master’s degree in educational leadership could be for you.

Find out more about] the MA Educational Leadership course at the University of Bolton, where we have been voted No.1 in the North West for student satisfaction for the past three years (Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019). We are also the top 5 in the UK for teaching quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2021 and 2020) and have an award-winning student services team to support you during your studies.

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