WOMEN – APPRECIATED COLLEAGUES

I was blessed to have the chance to work with many female educators over 40 plus years. I hope I never bullied any of them. I tried to be supportive of all my staff, female and male, and tried to avoid thought and practice differentiation that went to gender: They were all professionals, all teachers. Included were senior teachers, assistant principals and finance administrators.

I tried to model my leadership style on the concentric practice approach. That is an Asian model that recognises position but does not stand on traditional hierarchical principles that have huge separation between superordinates and subordinates.

I published several papers on the subject of concentric management and my examination of the model elicited some interesting responses. The model was one that helped me in understanding all colleagues and work associates. Over the years, my workplaces were enriched by all those with whom I worked, women and men alike.

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