Monday, August 15, 2011

Do We Really Want Teachers Who Are Leaders?

Narcissists are sought after for leaders and they also make terrible leaders.  In general people are attracted to leaders who display confidence, such leaders fear others subverting their status, so they choose underlings who are non-threatening.  What implications could this have for teaching?

We do want teachers to be good leaders.  They have to control 30 students who often times have many other places they would rather be than school.  But we do not want narcissistic teachers (the kinds of people others see as leaders) because of the negative affect it could have on students.  Essentially the narcissistic teachers who get hired for their leadership potential could be shooting down students when they feel threatened by their potential status.  It sounds axiomatic that good teachers are good leaders, but maybe that is not what we want for schools.

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