Lead by example, education director tells headmasters

KUCHING: Headmasters must be good leaders in order to improve the performance of their schools, state education director Rakayah Madon said.

She said good leaders did not just give directives but were part of the team and led by example.

“Our mission is to help education in Sarawak. We are all part of the team. Leadership is about ourselves. Since we are chosen to lead our organisations, we should take this opportunity and do it well,” she said when closing the southern zone Sarawak Headmasters Conference here.

Rakayah called on the headmasters to be willing to listen to criticism and learn from it, to treat others well and to help their staff members and students develop.

She also advised them to see leadership as a choice, not a rank, particularly as headmaster was a position that can be applied for.

“You requested to be a school head and were chosen, so embrace the role,” she added.

The three-day conference was the last of three organised by the Education, Science and Technological Research Ministry for headmasters across the state.

The first was held in Miri for the northern zone last November and the second in Sibu for the central zone in January.

Some 500 headmasters from Kuching, Padawan, Bau, Lundu, Samarahan, Simunjan, Serian, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu and Betong attended the southern zone conference themed “Leading for Educational Excellence.”

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/03/23/lead-by-example-education-director-tells-headmasters/