The Myth of The Open Door Policy
You pride yourself on how freely your staff can come to talk to you, right?
As a school leader, you always want to be seen as an approachable and available director or owner that makes your staff feel heard.
The “open door policy” has trickled into our school culture, because we think that it makes our staff feel valued and appreciated, since they know they can come talk to us at any time, for anything.
In corporate, the open door policy means that all employees can bring their concerns, desires, or problems to company leaders at any time. This was intended to show that the leaders and executives care about what their employees have to say.
The intention here is GREAT. The end result isn’t
- You want to be available and approachable.
- You want your staff to feel heard and seen.
- You want your teachers to feel appreciated and valued.
But know this: “The leader who is always available, isn’t truly listening.”
In episode four of the Schools of Excellence Podcast, I break down the open door policy, and show you how the application of this myth is likely negatively impacting your school, and what you should be doing instead.
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